The return of the Elgin Marbles to Greece

Parthenon Sculptures could soon return to Athens as part of a long-term loan arrangement

Elgin Marbles
There are 17 sculptures in all dating back 2,500 years
(Image credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The British Museum is in “constructive discussions” with the Greek government regarding the return of the Parthenon Sculptures, also known as the Elgin Marbles.

The ancient artefacts, which date back over 2,500 years, were removed from the Parthenon temple in Athens in the early 19th century by British diplomat Lord Elgin, who was serving as ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, which controlled Greece, at the time. The Greek government has long called for the permanent repatriation of the sculptures.

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