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CANCELLED: The Advocates: The Parthenon Marble Debate

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Registration is requested
Members $15 and Non-members $20


The Advocates: The Parthenon Marble Debate

with the English Speaking Union and the Greek Consulate

When the Parthenon fell into ruins in 1801, a British ambassador with permission from the Ottoman Empire preserved about half of the sculptures and then later sold them to the British Museum. For decades, the people of Greece have argued that the Ottomans were occupiers and questioned the validity of the arrangement with Lord Elgin. This debate still remains to be one of the greatest controversies of Western culture. Were the marbles rescued or seized? And should the marbles remain in the protection of England, or should they return to Greece? In this courtroom-style event, Boston attorney Joseph Hern, former Governor of Massachusetts Michael Dukakis, and a panel of experts will argue for or against the return of the marbles to Greece. At the end, the audience will weigh-in and decide who had the most compelling argument.

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