American Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures

NEWS RELEASE
April 15, 2007

THE  AMERICAN  COMMITTEE  FOR  THE  REUNIFICATION OF  THE  PARTHENON  SCULPTURES    

For immediate release
POC: Dennis Menos
(301) 656-6996
dmenos@msn.com

On April 14, the newly established “American Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures,” hosted its inaugural event in Washington D.C. with a highly successful presentation by its President Michael J. Reppas of Miami Lakes FL. The presentation, entitled the “Looting of the Parthenon: Why the Parthenon Sculptures Now In London Must be Returned to Athens,”  was offered in the elegant new Frosene Education Center of Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, in Washington DC.
 
Using unique slides to illustrate his comments, Mr Reppas reviewed first the historical events that led to Lord Elgin committing what is undoubtedly the largest art theft of all times, including the fraud, bribery, and permit of questionable validity that he used to devour the Parthenon of its best preserved art. He  emphasized the importance of the Parthenon as one of mankind’s greatest cultural symbols and artistic wonders, that should not be allowed to remain disfigured and mutilated. Mr Reppas explained the rationale for returning to Athens (in the New Acropolis Museum) the Parthenon sculptures now in the British Museum, and methodically rebutted the arguments used by the British Museum for its continued retention of the sculptures. The British Museum’s ownership claim to the sculptures is without any legal basis, emphasized Mr. Reppas. He concluded by inviting Americans to become engaged in this worthwhile effort – “it is time,” he said, “for the voice of America to be heard alongside all other nations of the world who support the goal of the reunification of the Parthenon sculptures.”

An audience in excess of 170 attended the event. Present were the Honorable Karolos Gadis of the Embassy of Greece; professors and academics from various Universities of the Washington area and of the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University; representatives of the “Prometheas” Cultural Society and of the “Society for the Preservation of Greek Heritage” that cosponsored the event; representatives of the White House Historical Association; as well as numerous leading members of Washington’s Greek-American community.  

The Committee plans to take its public education message to other US cities over the next few months.

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