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The Parthenon marbles are the world's most beautiful art – and that's why we should give them back

The Parthenon marbles are the world's most beautiful art – and that's why we should give them back

Jonathan Jones: These consummately beautiful sculptures demand a proper setting – and a trip to Athens has convinced me the Acropolis Museum is that place

Eleusinian Relief: marble stele Usually interpreted as Demeter and Persephone giving Triptolemos the ears of wheat to teach the Greeks how to cultivate grain; Demeter hands stalk to Triptolemus while Persephone places a garland (lost)on his head. 27 BCE-14 CE (Augustan Fragments of a Roman copy set in a plaster cast of the original Greek marble relief, ca. 450-425 BCE). New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Eleusinian Relief: marble stele Usually interpreted as Demeter and Persephone giving Triptolemos the ears of wheat to teach the Greeks how to cultivate grain; Demeter hands stalk to Triptolemus while Persephone places a garland (lost)on his head. 27 BCE-14 CE (Augustan Fragments of a Roman copy set in a plaster cast of the original Greek marble relief, ca. 450-425 BCE). New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art

mythologyrules: “Frieze of the Parthenon Temple. The gods from left to right: Ares, Hera, and Zeus. Located at the British Museum. (x) ”

mythologyrules: “Frieze of the Parthenon Temple. The gods from left to right: Ares, Hera, and Zeus. Located at the British Museum. (x) ”

statue of Osiris-Antinous from Eleusis in a photograph taken in 1860 by its discoverer, the French archaeologist François Lenormant (1837–1883)

statue of Osiris-Antinous from Eleusis in a photograph taken in 1860 by its discoverer, the French archaeologist François Lenormant (1837–1883)

Sphinx probably a table support Roman 120-140 CE from Monte Cagnolo outside Lanuvium near Rome, Italy by mharrsch on Flickr. Via Flickr: Piece exhibited as part of “The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece” assembled by The British Museum and Photographed at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon.

Sphinx probably a table support Roman 120-140 CE from Monte Cagnolo outside Lanuvium near Rome, Italy by mharrsch on Flickr. Via Flickr: Piece exhibited as part of “The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece” assembled by The British Museum and Photographed at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon.

Battle between Greeks and Amazons, marble frieze from the Temple of Apollo at Bassae, Greek, 400 BC, British Museum

Battle between Greeks and Amazons, marble frieze from the Temple of Apollo at Bassae, Greek, 400 BC, British Museum

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