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IN-PERSON PANEL: The Advocates: The Parthenon Marbles Debate

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Reception to follow
Registration is requested

IN-PERSON TICKETS | Members and Partners $10 and Visitors $15

LOCATION | Henry Long Room, Boston Athenæum

IN-PERSON PANEL: The Advocates: The Parthenon Marbles Debate

In partnership with the English Speaking Union and the Greek Consulate

with Joan Breton Connelly, Charles Dellheim, Michael Dukakis, Millette Gaifman, Joseph Hern, Elizabeth Marlowe, Carol Scollans


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. In this debate-style event, Boston attorney Joseph Hern, former Governor of Massachusetts Michael Dukakis, and a panel of experts will argue against or for the return of the marbles to Greece. At the end, the audience will decide who had the most compelling argument. 


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