Avarice and Semi-Automatics off the Aegean

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The intrepid work of Greek police dismantled a criminal ring of armed smugglers recently. Its investigation was a pain-staking 14 months. Authorities believe that the syndicate is made up of about 50 people. Around October 5, 2016, 26 people were arrested with guns, cash, fake license plates, and metal detectors. They were caught smuggling several ancient Greek artifacts, including glassware; … Read More

I am Greek and I want to go home

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The Independent Movement for the Repatriation of Looted Greek Antiquities has produced a video: ‘I am Greek and I Want to go Home’ Photography, Concept and Artwork by Ares Kalogeropoulos Original Music (“Rise”) by Ares Kalogeropoulos It can be seen alongside this one, take a good look at this message to the British: Help make them go viral. .

Your voice for cultural property in Greece

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Here is an effective  public-awareness video produced by the  Association of Greek Archaeologists, which has recently appeared on Greek television news: The campaign’s central message — “Monuments have no voice. They must have yours” — is a reaction to deep cultural budget cuts being made as part of the austerity measures imposed on Greece by the European economic establishment. It … Read More

Theft at Olympia

Senta GermanCommentary, Report, SAFECORNER3 Comments

In the early morning hours of February 17th, two armed men entered the Museum of the History of the Ancient Olympics in the city of Olympia in Greece. After subduing the guard on duty, the thieves broke glass cases and took 77 objects, ranging from small bronze statues to terracotta votive sculptures to a 3500 year old gold ring. These … Read More

Getty to return two antiquities to Greece

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The J. Paul Getty Museum has agreed to return two antiquities to Greece. Both were acquired during the 1970s. Two fragments of a funerary relief have long been known to fit a third fragment in the Kanellopoulos Collection in Athens. The reunification of this monument would justify this return. It should be noted that the source for the fragments was … Read More

Repatriation Effects: Greece’s National Archaeological Museum

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In the Galleries: While we all revile the looting of archaeological sites and the illicit trade of artifacts, we can now begin to review the effects of the repatriation of ancient material back to the countries of origin. Here I am not referring to Native American remains, but the statues and vases created by the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean. … Read More

The New Acropolis Museum opens in Greece

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The New Acropolis Museum will open in Athens, Greece on Saturday June 20, 2009. This will display archaeological finds from the area of the Athenian Acropolis. The top floor, with views towards the Acropolis, will display the architectural sculptures from the Parthenon. Image © David Gill

Two Pieces from the Shelby White Collection in Athens

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Two pieces from the Shelby White collection went on display at the National Museum, Athens, Greece today (press release, in Greek). One of the pieces, a fragmentary funerary stele, had featured in the Glories of the Past exhibition (1990-91) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The second, a bronze calyx-krater, had been part of a touring exhibition, Greek … Read More

Shelby White and Greece: Further Details

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Earlier this month it was announced that Shelby White would be returning two pieces from her collection to Greece. For further details see: Bronze calyx krater said to be from Pieria in northern Greece Part of a marble funerary stele showing a warrior and a youth that appears to fit an excavated fragment from Porto Raphti in eastern Attica This … Read More