Public Lecture-Parthenon: The Curse of Minerva, History and Controversy

Join Archaeologist/Art Historian Rolf Winkes for an interesting lecture/discussion about the iconic Parthenon sculptures.

Should the British Museum return the sculptures that Lord Elgin had removed from the Parthenon as requested by Greece?  The Parthenon, its unique place in Greek art and architecture, its history and the answer to this question will be the subject of the lecture and discussion.

Place:  Camden Opera House in Camden, Maine. 
Date: March 27, 2018final-logo-camden-opera-house-bc
Time: 5:30-7:45
Greek wine and appetizers will be served.

NOTE: Seating is limited, to avoid disappointment please arrive early.

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The most precious possession of the British Museum is the Parthenon marble sculptures, which were removed from the temple by Lord Elgin in the early 19th century. In his poem “the Curse of Minerva,” Lord Byron attacks Elgin, a contemporary, for this act. For decades Greece has campaigned unsuccessfully to have the sculptures returned to Athens.  In the context of the Brexit this has become the subject of renewed public discussion in Britain, Greece and the world. In this lecture the unique role of the Parthenon in Greek art and architecture, the removal of its sculptures by Elgin and the spirit of his time, and finally the question of the return the so-called Elgin marbles will be discussed.

Copies of the Parthenon Marbles

Copies of the Parthenon Marbles in Athens, Greece. Originals are the the British Museum in London.

Rudolf Winkes has taught and published on a diverse number of subjects ranging from the early Greek period until the rise of Christianity, and the influence of the ancient world on later periods. He spent 12 seasons excavating in Corfu, Greece and later worked at the site of Tongobriga in Portugal. Rudolf is now Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology, the History of Art and Architecture, and Old World Archaeology and Art at Brown University. He and his wife Mary, a painter, live in Damariscotta, Maine.

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