The Parthenon Marbles: The Case for Reunification by Christopher Hitchens
This book has an amazing title, but the book suffers from a convoluted narrative which makes reading it a bit of a struggle. This book has been revised many times, and a new foreword by Hitchens has been written, but he hasn't gone back and edited the whole book as a whole. Hitchens seems like a bit of a blowhard who likes to hear the sound of his own voice, but I shall forgive him as his love for Greece seems genuine. Once you get past the 92 pages of Prefaces, Introductions, and Forewords the actual book begins.
Are the Greeks fit to be the custodians of their own antiquity?
This is the main thrust of the book, should the Parthenon Marbles be returned to Greece and reunited with the building they were stolen from? YES! The Parthenon Marbles aren't like the other trinkets the British have looted from other countries in the world, they are an integral part of a building still standing in Greece, on a very iconic historical building. The British Museum should just face the fact that Britain has become a 3rd rate country, not even part of the European Union, and is no longer an Imperial Empire. They should magnanimously give back what was stolen to the Greeks and reap the enormous bonhomie that will come back to them from the rest of Europe and especially Greece.
The structure of the book is as follows:
- The Parthenon in History
- The Elgin Marbles
- Restitution Works on the Acropolis Monuments
- Appendix 1: The Present Location of the Parthenon Marbles
- Appendix 2: The Commons Debate 1816
- Appendix 3: The Parthenon Gallery in the New Acropolis Museum
I want to give this 5 stars just for Greece, but it needs editing to make it a better read, more powerful read.