A restauranteur in Greece has given authentic decor a whole new level of meaning with the revelation that he bedecked his establishment with ancient and late medieval artefacts, contrary to the country’s cultural heritage laws.
At the end of last month the British Museum and the UK Government formally declined UNESCO’s request to enter into mediation on the subject of transferring the Parthenon marbles back to Greece. Removed by Lord Elgin from the Parthenon temple in Athens in the 1800s, the marbles were sold to the British Museum in 1816 and have remained there ever since. The sculptures date from 447-432 BC, and are divided between London and a purpose built museum in Athens. Continue reading