Two stars, a lord & the Parthenon sculptures

Mr. Pavlos Times journalist, presented a documentary film about the Parthenon sculptures. The “Two stars, a lord and the Parthenon sculptures” hosted by Mega channel (greek tv channel –

George Clooney’s movie and statements for the reunification of the Parthenon sculpture brought one more time on the international scene the issue of the Parthenon sculptures’ return. The discussion of the Parthenon sculpture’s reunification lasts for two centuries. However, when Melina Mercouri raised this issue at the UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies in Mexico in 1982, she made the case of the Parthenon sculptures a universal issue.

Is it logical to claim the return of the Parthenon sculptures during these difficult economic times; Does the economical crisis overshadow any kind of claim in the field of Culture? Or Is it logical to claim the return of the Parthenon sculptures during these difficult economic times; Does the economical crisis overshadow any kind of claim in the field of Culture? Or may it be the starting point to get out of this?


All rights of this broadcast belong to and Mr.Pavlos Tsimas
Subtitles by Maria Dimitrakarakou Not for commercial use
It is addressed to people who want to support the return of the Parthenon / Elgin sculptures.
Why the Parthenon sculptures’ reunification is so important?
Can a monument or a work of art play a key role in people’s lives?

Two stars, a lord, and the Parthenon sculptures

Speakers & Infomation

The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men.
An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners

Monuments men movie IMDB

Keri Douglas’ article for this movie: Is Art Worth Dying For?

Melina Mercouri

Melina Mercouri was a Greek actress, singer, and politician. She had played in Phaedra film. She had shot a scene in the Parthenon Gallery of the British museum. She had said that the idea to make a campaign for the Parthenon sculptures’ reunification was born there. However, this started when she became the Minister for Culture of Greece in 1981 and she raised the Parthenon sculptures reunification at the Unesco World Conference on Cultural Policies in Mexico, in 1982

Merina Mercuri’s speech can be found here

Phaedra movie

Constantine Alavanos

Constantine Alavanos is a Greek politician.
He was appointed as General Secretary of the Ministry of Culture in 1981

Spyros Mercouris

Spyros Mercouris, Melina Mercouri’s brother. He was a special advisor and co-ordinator of cultural events at the Ministry of Culture in Greece and abroad (1981-89). Member of the Melina Mercouri Foundation.

The Melina Mercouri Foundation

The Melina Mercouri Foundation, one of its main mission is to undertake and coordinate all activities for the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles, To promote activities of the New Acropolis Museum.

Melina Mercuri Foundation website

Thanos Mikroutsikos

Thanos Mikroutsikos is a composer of popular and classical music in his home country. He was appointed as Alternate-Minister of Culture with Melina Mercouri in 1993. When Melina Mercouri passed away in 1994, he was appointed Minister of Culture. He remained in this position until 1996.

Andrew Burnett

Andrew Burnett was Deputy Director of the British Museum

Hannah Bulton

Hannah Bulton is the Head of Press and Marketing for the British Museum

Eddie O’Hara

Eddie O’Hara is the Chairman of the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles ( BCRPM )

British Committee for the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles

A group of British people strongly supports the Parthenon Marbles’ reunification. The idea to set up a British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles came from James Cubitt, a distinguished British architect. The Committee was then set up in 1983 under the chairmanship of Robert Browning, Emeritus Professor of Greek at the University of London.

BCRPM’s article: Refuting the British Museum’s Statements

11th Earl of Elgin, the great – great – great grandchildren of Thomas Bruce Elgin‘s article: “A plea for support from the Scots”

Marjory McGinn’s article: “Scotland’s role in an Elgin Marbles mystery”

Jonathan Jones

Jonathan Jones is an English journalist and art critic who has written for The Guardian

David Hill

David Hill, The chairman of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculpture

Stavros Benios

Stavros Benios, former Minister of Culture, is the founder of the citizens’ movement «Diazoma»
Diazoma website

Dimitrios Pandermalis

Prof. Dimitrios Pandermalis is Professor Emeritus of Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki since 1979.

He is the Director of the new Acropolis Museum.

Costas Paschalidis

Costas Paschalidis Archaeologist, he works at the National Archaeological Museum

The Costas Paschalidis’ article about the buried statues of war can be found here

Vassilis Kosmopoulos

Vassilis Kosmopoulos, Filmmaker
The Hide is a documentary project in development, researched & directed by Vassilis Kosmopoulos.

The Hide reveals the untold story of a secret operation that took place in Greece in early WWII, in order to hide and secure the ancient statues and relics from the dangers of war and the plundering oncoming German army.
The film explores how this world’s significant cultural heritage was treated by the German, Italian and Bulgarian occupation forces and searches the traces of this fascinating story in the labyrinth of art-looted Europe and the foundations of Nazi ideology.

The trailer of “The Hide” documentary film

Vassilis Kosmopoulos’ website

Vassilis Kosmopoulos’ twitter

George Smyris

George Smyris, Civil engineer – Professor at University of Ioannina
The head of the restoration works on the ancient theater and odeon of Dodona This project will be completed in 2015 and it will be connected with five other theaters of Epirus. It will be the first European cultural route in Greece

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