Time to send them home …

I confess to have given little thought in the past to questions of just when objects of problematic provenance in our museums should be repatriated. But, better late than never, I realize I can’t conjure any cogent reason why the “Elgin Marbles”, the Parthenon Frieze and the rest, shouldn’t now be returned by the British Museum and displayed in the beautiful Acropolis Museum. That museum, as we found last week, is already worth a trip to Athens in itself, and the huge gallery waiting for the originals of the rest of the frieze is just stunning. Time the marbles went home.

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