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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-24

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] 'Nostoi' opens at new Acropolis Museum

  • [01] 'Nostoi' opens at new Acropolis Museum

    Hellenic Republic President Karolos Papoulias and his visiting Italian counterpart Giorgio Napolitano on Wednesday officially inaugurated the "Nostoi" exhibition at the new Acropolis Museum in Athens. They then attended the placement of a Parthenon fragment returned to Greece from Italy in the form of long-term loan in its right position in the surviving segments of the frieze on display in Athens. The 0.35mx0.34m fragment (depicting part of the dress and right foot of ancient Greek goddess Artemis) was donated to Italy in 1816 by Lord Elgin and comes from Salinas Regional Museum of Archeology in Palermo, Sicily. Speaking during the special ceremony, President Papoulias thanked his Italian counterpart for the "highly significant gesture" and expressed hope that the return of the Parthenon fragment "will signal the start of a healing process to the injury done to this monument by the removal of the Parthenon Marbles." "Greece and Italy believe that the return of looted antiquities to their place of origin is possible, no matter how difficult," President Papoulias stressed. The "Nostoi" Exhibition (meaning homecoming in Greek) will be open for the public for three months, featuring 74 repatriated antiquities that are mostly the products of illicit excavations that had until recently been in museums in the United States. Caption: A fragment of the Parthenon's sculpted frieze, originally removed from the Athens Acropolis by Lord Elgin and donated to Italy in 1816, was presented to reporters at the new Acropolis Museum on Wednesday, shortly before it was placed in its rightful position in the sections of the frieze that still survive and are on display in Athens. (ANA-MPA/ Constantina Lambropoulou)
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