Part of the 'Elgin Marbles', named after British diplomat Lord Elgin who took them from Greece's in 1803, has left Britain for the first time since they were taken from the Parthenon, on loan the State Hermitage Museum in Russia. (AFP PHOTO/OLGA MALTSEVA (Photo credit should read OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images)

Art World Abstracts: Elgin Marbles Spur Greek Election Debate, and More!

The ever-controversial Elgin Marbles (also known as the Parthenon Marbles) have become a hot button topic of debate in the Greek elections thanks to a statement from lawmaker Tasos Kourakis who claimed that a popular art history book used in schools doesn’t accurately describe the history of their removal from the country by British diplomat Lord Elgin in 1803. “The Elgin Marbles, gentlemen of the ministry of education, were not ‘transported’ but ‘snatched by force’,” he said in his statement. Education Minister Andreas Loverdos is now calling for the book to be withdrawn, and Mr. Kourakis party Syriza is favored to win the election.

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