"Letter to an English person concerning the marbles
of the Parthenon."
Dear friend, Some time ago, my classmates, our teacher
and I visited the Acropolis. I noticed there were parts of the ancient temples missing.
Our teacher told us that you have taken a lot of them. Can you imagine how bad it would
feel if we stole them from you? Would you like that? Well, I don't like it at all! That's
why I want them to be returned to us. After all, here is where they belong, not there! So,
what do you say? Will you give them back to us? If I were you, I would and if I felt like
seeing them again, I would visit Greece. I want you to know that I will be waiting for an
Dear Englishman, I'm a pupil of the 26th Primary School
in Piraeus. As you probably already know, Lord Elgin took some of the
"ornaments" of our city years ago. Maybe you don't know or remember what exactly
happened, but I will remind you! He was given permission to make copies, but he ended up
stealing them. This is the reason why I'm writing to you. These masterpieces that can now
be found in the British Museum, have to come back to their country, where they were
created and where they belong. How would you like it if we took the Big Ben or Saint Paul
away from you? So, because of the fact that we would like our "ornaments" back,
I thought that I could make you a little more sensitive, hoping that we will be able to
get our sculptures back in order to restore the Parthenon and the Acropolis in general. A
work of art that was built with hard work! Agapi Fatsis.
Dear Mr. Smith, My name's Magda Kormos and I'm a pupil of
the 6th grade of primary school. Yesterday our teachers showed us some slides of the
Parthenon and the Acropolis. So, we learnt that during the years of the foreign occupation
an Englishman called Lord Elgin, took the marbles of the Parthenon to England. Today, we
all know that the marbles of the Parthenon are in the British Museum in England. Isn't it
a pity that those marbles which aren't yours, are in England and not in Greece? So, we're
asking you to give us back our marbles because they're Greek and they have to return to
their "natural" environment. It's very important to us, as they are part of our
cultural heritage from our ancient ancestors to both Greece and its people.
Sincerely yours, Magda Kormos.
8/2/98 Elina Potiris.
I am a ten year old girl that I love everybody all over
the world and especially my country. This means that I certainly love you and your
country. Something unfair has happened many years ago and this has made me furious as a
Greek girl. I am sure that you are aware of all these I am going to say. An Englishman
named Lord Elgin, eminent diplomat, had taken away from my country many statues especially
from the Parthenon. For instance a statue of the Kariatides is in England and not
exhibited here in Greece among the others; the same has happened to the statue of the god
Dionisos. I have a question for you. Why are you so proud exhibiting these masterpieces to
your museum? Do you think you have got to say anything about all these? The only thing you
can be proud of is their beauty. We have been trying to convince you for many years now
that these marbles must get back to where they belong. Many people have been fighting for
this; famous ones like Melina Merkouri who died so quickly without fulfilling her purpose
to have the "Elgin marbles" returned to Greece. But this doesn't mean that we
the younger ones will stop fighting. On the contrary we will go on because we fight for
our rights. I'm having one more question: Woyld you like it if someone came to your house
and stole the most beautiful thing? I think the answer is no. I wonder: Why did you come
to our home and commit this disgusting action? Please answer me honestly and return to us
the pieces of our history. Thank you for reading my letter and for giving some of your
precious time to me, a young in age but great in heart Greek girl.
5/2/98 Sotiris Panagopoulos.
The Acropolis is the main historical monument of Greece.
Big Ben is a monument in London. Would you like it if someone stole it from your country?
Nevertheless all these marbles which you have stolen from Acropolis have no value in
England but in Greece, where they were made, are necessary! So, we ask you to give back
what you have taken from Acropolis.
Monday 9th February 1998. Spiros Efstathiou.
Hello my English friend! I'm writing this letter to
inform you about some things you may not know. Many years ago an English diplomat called
Lord Elgin was a collector of ancient monuments. Managing to deceive many people he was
able to get many statues away from Parthenon. Today all these are in the British Museum.
It is possible you have been there! All these statues were constructed by Greek artists
many years ago and they certainly belong to Greece. I am sure that British people have
many valuable works of art which you can exhibit with pride. We, the Greeks, are very
bothered that all these valuable statues are in your country. Would you like it if someone
has stolen a piece of art you are proud of? I think that each country must be proud of its
works of art not another's country works of art. We are taught in our school that we must
not steal anything from another country. I hope that you have already regretted what Lord
Elgin did. I hope that you want to be forgiven and the perfect way to be forgiven is to
return the marbles of Parthenon. This is a nice act and I think that you will feel better
and you will gain our admiration for such an action. In this way it could be possible to
come to Acropolis and admire the whole work of art as the ancient Greek made it.
Monday 9th February 1998. George Manolopoulos.
Dear sir I would like to request the return of the
marbles of Parthenon in my country. All these were taken away by Lord Elgin who left bare
the Parthenon Erehthio and the temple of Apteros Niki. All these that Fidias had once made
are nowadays in the British Museum. All these outstanding statues, statues that are not
yours, stand where they shouldn't. Their return is necessary because they are part of
ancient Greece. You, the British supposed to be civilized, must know and understand that
it is not right to keep things which aren't yours. It certainly doesn't make you proud to
have in your museums statues that have no relation with your history and civilization. It
is not moral to take advantage my ancestors' art. I strongly believe I will soon get the
answer I wish. It would be perfect timing to have back all these marbles when the Olympic
Games take place in Greece in 2004. All the Greek souls will be lightened up and filled
with the joy and pride of the ancient spirit if we get our inheritance back.
I write to an Englishman about the necessity of the
return of the marbles of Parthenon.
Dear Englishman It is necessary to have the marbles of
Parthenon returned to our country because they are a historical monument for all Greek
people. These are the stolen marbles, the marbles you took away from Parthenon when we
were in war against the Turks. We demand them back! Would you react if we tried to steal
To an Englishman.
11-2-98 George Zarkadoulas
Dear English classmates
I send you this letter to explain to you why we should
get Kariatides and the marbles of Parthenon back. There are many reasons and I am writing
some of them. First of all Acropolis is our historical symbol. England has Big Ben as its
symbol. The Greeks have Acropolis. What would you do if someone tried to steal Big Ben?
For this reason we request the return of the marbles back to their mother earth, back to
Tuesday 10th February 1998
Hi! I am a Greek girl and I'm writing to remind you that
you have taken something that belongs us! ( Of course not you but your great Lord Elgin! )
Each country has its own symbol; France has got the Eiffel Tower, Greece has got the
Acropolis. The Parthenon is the main temple there. Lord Elgin wanted to copy the marbles
inside the Parthenon but instead of this he stole these marbles! I think many times that
as we are both members of the European Economic Community we should be friends and we
shouldn't steal each other's property. It is too easy for us to steal Big Ben; what is
difficult is to be friends and in peace, to be a loving family. Well, would you give us
back our marbles?
Yours faithfully, Stavroula Mardakis.
As we all know, Greece from the ancient times has been
the country of Arts and Creativity.This can be easily understood by the wonderful works of
the ĎGolden Ageí of Pericles.Itís worth mentioning that this era was the most
perfect and creative one.All this time, many great works of Art were created.One of those
was the Parthenon,an everlasting monument, which shows the ingenuity and thecompetence of
the people of that time. At the beginning of the 19th century, the Count Thomas Elgin,
British Ambassador at that time, was offered to take and Ďprotectí the monuments from
possible destruction from the Turks and French.He removed them to the British Museum.The
Greek people, as a matter of course, required the return of these pieces of
Art.Unfortunately, this important part of our cultural inheritance has never been returned
to us. The right thing is the marbles to come back to our country, because they have been
created in Greece and itís their homeland.They are a part of our history and this is the
reason we fight for them.
Greece is the only coyntry in the world which has the
greatest history.Our country is famous for its historic temples and sightseeing.One
historic temple is the Parthenon which has been built on the highest place of the Athens
Acropolis. The chief architect of the temple,Iktinos,and his assistant
Kallikrates,designed the ambitious project of Pericles,which was the temple of the godness
Athena.The main oversight of the temple was completed by the great sculptor Rhideas.The
suffered from many attacks and acts of vandalism.When the Turks had occupied Greece,a
Sultan sold. illegaly,marbles,sculptures and statues from the Parthenon ,to a
British,named Lord Elgin.All these were taken to the British Museum in London.They are
called the Elgin Marbles and they compose one of the most envinent excibits worldwide. The
Greek people have tried to right this injustice and the issue of returning the
marbles,which,we Geeks,call the Parthenon Marbles,was officialy brought up for discussion.
The first who took steps to this direction was the Greek Minister of Civilization,Melina
Merkouri,in 1981. These monuments should be returned to Greece and to the Parthenon,where
I?m writing this letter because I want to express the
dissapointment which exists in Greece because we have been deprived of those fabulous
monuments of the Parthenon for many years. I?m sorry for being bitter but it?s not right
to keep these worthseeing monuments of the Parthenon from us. I believe that very soon,the
marbles will be back to the place they belong.
I believe that the marbles should be returned to Greece
and especially to the Parthenon,because they belong here. These marbles were stolen from
Greece during the Turkish domination,by lord Elgin.So everybody understands that instead
of being exposed at the British Museum,they should be in the Museum of Acropolis. These
marbles are representatives of the ancient Greek civilization.So,they aren?t related to
England.I believe that it?s legally and morally right the marbles to be returned to their
The acropolis of Athens is a hill where the most
brilliant works of the ancient Greek architecture exist: PROPYLEA,PARTHENON,ERECHTHEUM.
The Acropolis monuments are decorated with works of the most famous ancient Greek
sculptors and they form the models of artistic decoration through centouries. Acropolis is
the sacred Rock and a byword for Athens and Greece in general for me the Acropolis is a
piece of our country?s History and a part of my soul.I?m a greek girl and I demand the
marbles to be returned to the parthenon, the place where they were created.
My name is Kiki Alexandri and i am a pupil of a Greek
Elementary School, at the sixth grade. I am writing a few words about something we were
told at school and made me feel sorry. During our visit to the Acropolis of Athens,we were
told that many sculpturen were taken from the Parthenon and from the Temple of the Wingles
Victory. These sculptures are now in the British Museum and they are known as the Elgin
Marbles The sculptor Phideas created these masterpieces along with Iktinos and
Kallikrates. Unfortunately, instead of being in their homeland, where they are in great
historic and cultural value they are in your country. That is why we Greek children, give
our hand to you and beg you to think reasonable and return these treasures to the place
Sincerely yours KIKI.
I Ď m writing this letter because I want to express the
necessity of returning to the marbles of the Parthenon to our coutry. I guess that you
wouldnít like us to take from England something worth seeing. Many years passed and we
were deprived of these important pieces of Art which are a symbly for Greece. The only
thing we want from you is to return the marbles to our country. Iím writing this letter
because my love for Greece is very deep. Thank you Fay
Greek civilization has a very big inheritance.At Pericles
time,many great works of Art were made,like the Parthenon,which is on the Acropolis of
Athens.Some of those masterpieces,which were made at that time,are sared up to that
day.But there are some others,which lord Elgin carried to England with permission of the
false promise that he would make copies of them and return them back.He never kept his his
promises and the original monuments weren?t returned to Greece.During the trasportation of
the monuments many of them broke and were damaged.Since then, this precious inheritance is
in your museums.Our government made all possible efforts for the return of the marbles but
they were fruitless. The Acropolis of Athens is the symbol of our civilization and it?s
very important to us. So,we beg you,for one more time to return to us our
monuments,because we want to have them back at the place they were created and they really
As we all know,Greece,from the ancient times has been the
country of Arts and Creativity.This can be easily understood by the wonderful works of Art
of the ęGolden AgeĽof Pericles.Itís worth mentioning that this area was the most
perfect and crea- tive one.At this time,many great works of Art were created. One of those
was the Parthenon,an everlasting monument, which shows the ingenuity and the competence of
the people of that time. At the beginning of the 19th century,the Count Thomas Elgin,
British Ambassador at that time,was offered to take and ęprotectĽthe monuments from
possible destruction from the Turks and the French.He removed them to the British Museum
The Greek people,as a matter of course,required the return of these pieces of
Art.Unfortunately,this important part of our cultural inheritance has never been returned
to us.The right thing is the marbles to come back to our country,because they have been
created in Greece and itís their homeland.They are a part of our history and this is the
reason we fight for them.
Dear Mr Brown, Iím a pupil of a Greek Elementary School
iíd like to remind you that in your country,you keep something that doesnít belong to
you.Iím talking about the Marbles of the Parthenon. I think, itís not fair to keep
something that is very precious to us.The Temple of the Parthenon was made by the Greek
archi-tects Iktinos and Kallikrates.On these marbles,the birth of the Greek goders Athena
and Poseidon is carred in relief . When the English Ambassador Elgin visited Greece, took
the most fabulous sculptures and carried them at the British Museum .This is called
Ďítheftíí. These masterpieces should be returned to Greece, as soon as
possible.You donít hare the right to keep them. Friendly Xenia.
To the queen of England Elisabeth, the British
government, the British Council and all the English people.
I am a Greek pupil of the fourth class of the elementary
school and I am writing this letter to you to talk to you about the well-known affair of
the return of the marbles of the Parthenon that are found illegally in your possession.
Some people call these marbles, marbles of Elgin but their right name would be marbles of
Parthenon. During the occupation of Greece by the Turks, lord Elgin tried to copy these
remarkable marbles but, of course, he didnít make it. Then he stole them and he
destroyed them by cutting them. Me, as a Greek, I demand that those marbles should be
returned to the place where they were created and just like all Greek people, I demand
that they should be placed in the Greek museum and not in the British one because they
belong where Phidias created them 2.500 years ago and placed them in Parthenon, in Athens,
a token of exceptional art. The ancient Greek art belongs, of course, to all the people
but they should admire it in the place where it was born. Iíve heard that the English
claim that we canít take care of them, but the descendants of Socrates, of Plato, of
Aristotleís, of Dimocritos, of Periclis, of Phidias, of Iktinos, of Kalikratis, of
people who created the bases of the civilization of today and had made such remarkable
tokens of the art, know how to take care of them because they love them. I am positive
that the marbles of Parthenon should be returned in Athens. I consider it as an obligation
to Melina Mercuri who has started this important struggle. We owe it to "the last
Greek goddess" as she was referred to by the international press when she died four
Thank you Helen Gila.
Parthenon is the most representative work that was
constructed in Athens during the "golden century" of Per5iclis, which means the
5th century BC. Itís well-known to all over the world. A lot of people saw it, envied it
and deprived us from things that belong to us. One of these things are the marbles of
Parthenon. For years weí ve been trying to bring them back to the place where they
belong. Thatís why we decided, us, the children of the fourth class of the elementary
school, to write these letters in order to touch the hearts of the people so as to give us
back these marbles that belong to us. Please, when you receive our letters, donít forget
to read them.
I think that these marbles should be returned because
they were born here and here is where they should remain. Suppose that we had stolen Big
Ben. How would you feel?. So please think about what you have doneÖ Because these
marbles belong to Greece and their real name is marbles of the Parthenon and not marbles
I go to the fourth class of the elementary school and I
am writing this letter to you to remind you of something very important that is found in
England instead of being in Greece : the marbles of Parthenon. I will talk to you shortly
about the history of the monuments of Acropolis. When the citizens of Athens decided to
decorate Acropolis, the architect Phidias made a statue of goddess Athina made of gold and
ivory. This statue placed in Parthenon, one of the most exceptional buildings, a work of
Iktinos and Kalikratis, built at the 5th century bc. This work belong to the "classic
era", which is why it is considered to be perfect and majestic. Parthenon with itís
metopes, itís friezes, and itís pediments where are represented scenes of the battle
of the centaurs, of the pomp of Panathinea and of the birth of goddess Athina, is the only
building that is made of authentic marble. But in 1800, the English lord Elgin came to
Greece, saw the marbles of Parthenon and was impressed by them. After that he went to the
Turks and he was given the permission by them. After that he went to the Turks and he was
given the permission to copy them but instead he stole them. He thought that if he had
transportation to London the marble suffered serious damages. After having arrived in
England, they have been placed into small basements and there they were transported in the
British museum. Today Greek people feel that they are deprived of their inheritance and
they demand that the marbles of Parthenon should come back. Some Greek people who have the
prosperity to go to England went to the British museum and saw them. But what about the
rest of the Greek? I would like you to tell me whether you agree or not with Elginís
action. How you would you feel if one of your monuments hadnít been in your country? I
Bet you would feel pain and sorrow, exactly as we do now. I wish the marbles came back, to
Greece where they belong.
Friendly Zefi Kallinikou.
As far as we all know, an English, Elgin has stolen the
marbles of Parthenon, which are the most characteristic token of the Greek art. Since then
the marbles that Elgin has stolen, are called marbles of Elgin. That is why we decided to
send these letters in order to take back the marbles of Parthenon And I am sure that if a
Greek had stolen Big Ben, you would have had the same pain as we do now. Some of the
marbles that were stolen are damaged because of the transportation, which is why we want
the marbles of Parthenon back. Helen Psari
My name is Alexander and I am writing this letter to you
to talk to you about the "marbles of Elgin". Greece , just like your country,
has historical and civilization treasures that characterize itís history and itís
civilization. During a visit of mine to the temple of Parthenon and to Acropolis, Iíve
heard that an English diplomat whose name was Elgin, has stolen precious marbles, statues
and other objects of a huge historical and civilization value and later he sold them to
the English state. Although a lot of years passed since then and in sprite of all the
tries of the Greek governments, the English state never did return the marbles of Elgin to
Greece. Since I believe that us, the children, have, often more sensitivity than the
grown-ups, I ask from you and all your friends to sympathize with me and all the Greek
children who would like to press your government to return the archeological treasures
where they belong, to the country that born them, the country where we live, Greece.
One of the hundreds of Greek children that wait for the
return of the marbles.
Respectfully ALEXANDRIS ALEXANDER.
Dear friend, Hello
I am writing this letter to you because I believe that
all people should live happily and peacefully and that should resolve their differences by
happily and discussing. I live in Greece and I am proud of it. My country has a very
famous history that cause surprise and admiration to all the people of the world. Our
famous history charges us with a lot of obligations and duties. Our first obligation it to
maintain our splendid national inheritance. The Acropolis of Athens is visited by
thousands of people from all over the world. They come in order to admire the Parthenon
that was built based on plans by Phidias and Kallikratis, the temple of Athina, the
Caryatids, the Erehthio and all the others sculptures placed in the museums of our
country. But lord Elgin of England has stolen most of the sculptures of Parthenon, a
column and a Caryatid from Erehthio and transported them to the archeological museum in
1801. These sculptures are named after Elgin and they called "marbles of Elgin".
Elgin was accused for his action by thousands of famous people from all over the world. I
believe that itís unfair that the marbles of Parthenon arenít found in Greece. They
belong to Greece and thatís where they should be., which is why we want them back.
Itís every Greekís duty to take care of it. All these wonderful masterpieces of our
descendants should be in Acropolis where the belong.
I am a young Greek girl who goes to the fourth class of
the elementary school. A few days ago my schoolmates and I, we visited Acropolis and we
admired the masterpieces of the Classic era that are found in the temples and in the
museum of Acropolis. But I was upset when I heard that a lot of the pieces that arenít
in the frieze of Parthenon are today in the British museum. I think that the works of our
descendants should be in the place where they were created, which is why I would like to
ask from you to return to us the marbles of Parthenon.
I am writing this letter to you to talk to you about the
marbles of Parthenon that are found in the British museum. ALL Greek people demand that
the marbles of Parthenon should be returned because these marbles are sacred to us just
like Big Ben is to you. I hope that you return these marbles to us so that Parthenon will
Dear pal from England.
My name is Evelina Papadimitriou and I would like to
inform you about the necessity of the return of the Parthenon marbles. You may not
understand what Iím saying but Iíll make an attempt to explain. Picture the Greek
antiquity when our ancestors built the Acropolis honor their goddess Athena. Without our
modern equipment, they built this extraordinary achievement. Plenty of people disrespected
the toil and the attainment of the ancient Greeks, such as Persians, Turks and Lord Elgin
with his collaborators, who stole their linnets compilation of marbles and statues, and
carried them abroad. I hope you have understood what these marbles, and statues mean to
us. Thatís why we ask you to return these precious treasures.
With respect Elina Papadimitriou.
Dear pal from England,
Iím writing to you from Greece, Iím a Greek boy and I
would like to request that bath the English people and the British government should send
the marbles of Parthenon back to Greece. The sale return of the marbles to our country is
necessity, because they mean to us a great deal more than they mean to you. Thatís why I
kindly ask you to take this request, not to say demand, into consideration. The whole of
the Greek population is of the same opinion.
With respect Vasilis Tsigrimanis.
Dear pal from England , hello?
I Ďm writing this letter, because when our teachers
took us to Acropolis, we found out that many ancient statues were missing. One Karyatis
out of six in the Erehthio is in England a long with the marbles of Parthenon and many
other monuments. Although we love you, we were very sad to listen to our teacher saying
with grief that it isnít nice to take away to foreign lands that which was created with
so much love, devotion and strife by a nationís forefathers for all the world to see and
admire. Surely you must have heard at school that my ancient ancestors have taught the
whole world democracy and philosophy.
I kindly ask you to try to convince your government to
send our ancient ruins back where they belong because I Believe that you wouldnít like
us to take Big Ben away from England or something else precious from Buckingham Palace.
These are your national heritage and when I grow up will travel to England to see them so
wouldnít it be nicer for you to travel to my country to see ours? Thank you for heading
my letter and when you came to Greece to see our antiquities you will understand me.
Dear pal from England,
Every country in the world has its own monuments. We
Greeks have the Parthenon, but some of its most important marble statues are now in the
British museum. The fact that I am a Greek student makes me interested in these monuments,
so that I kind request that they should be brought back to where they belong to and that
place is Athens. For us these marbles are sacred. I imagine that none would ever like to
see his national heritage lying elsewhere, in a foreign country and not his own. Thatís
why we Greek citizens demand the safe return of the marbles of Parthenon to our country. I
hope you have understood why we consider that vital for us and I hope you will give them
back so that we find our peace.
Dear friend from England,
Now with the opportunity that we have been chosen to
organize and hold the Olympic Games of the year 2004 which is the worldís biggest
athletic event I would like to inform you about a major (cultural) problem that concerns
us for decades. Athens has been the oldest capital of the same country since antiquity. In
this city the oldest civilization ever existed, met days of incredible glory. One of its
most remarkable monuments is the Parthenon. It is a masterpiece created by the most
eminent Greek architects of the time, named Ictinos and Kallicrates. Through the centuries
our country has been conquered by the Romans and the Turks. During the Turkish occupation,
due to the fact that the Turks were and have always been uncivilized, didnít respect the
Parthenon and turned it into a musk and a part of it into ammunition storage space. The
Parthenon suffered its greatest damage when one of Moroziniís shells went off in the
ammunition warehouse and a big part of it was destroyed. Lord Elgin chose to transfer some
pieces of the Parthenon to the British Museum "to save them from total
destruction". Among these pieces are ÖÖÖÖÖ.. and a Caryatis Our country and
especially the unforgettable Minister of Culture, Melina Mercouri, launched a campaign
years ago with the aim of getting them back. These marbles are important to us because
they are part of our national heritage. Therefore we want to make you understand that our
demand is totally logical, because imagine how you would feel if at some difficult moment
of your history we took your ancient monuments to our country. Now that the Olympic Games
have returned back to their birthplace I take this opportunity to ask you to consider our
demand with great sensitivity and make sure that the marbles of Parthenon will return to
where they belong.
7-2-98 Parthenon were builded at 438.This creation,which
still exists,were constructed by two big architects.At Pericles time,when Athens were at a
flourishing state.These were Iktimos and Kallikratis. Parthenon had many losses,before
Elgin destroyed it almost at all.It was when Turks had their storehouses there,and a bomb
explored and destroyed itís left part. Elgin at 1800 used to be the ambassador of
England at Costantinoupole.He asked the permission from the sultan in order to copy the
narbles of Parthen,but instead of copying them,he took pieces from this historical
memorial.And because he didnít have specialized people who knew how to carry them,many
of them were damaged.He took them and and they are at the museum of England. What Elgin
did,wasnít right at all,because he insulted his country,while he was ambassador at such
an important country like England. I believe that tese marbles should return to Greece as
soon as possible.Because at the english museum they are isolated,but here in Greece they
are with the whole memorial that were constracted then.These are not sust statues that
appeared something,they are whole representations.And itís not right to such
masterpieces from the country that gave birth to them. Elgin gave 73000 pounds in order to
take them to England,but did he ever think if the money that greek gave and their
difficulty to constract these,are the same with what he gave ,in order to take them and
damage them ? These memorials show our civilization.They show how big and important
ancient greek civilization and art were. I would like to ask them something. If somebody
stole their kings crown in order to take it to his coyntry and felt proud of what he stole
how would they feel ?Would they like to see masterpieces that their ancestors made,not
being at their own museums ,but at a foreign coyntry. These memorials that are now at the
English museum should be at Greece and all tempor people shoyld be affected by them at the
place they were born and not to belong to the cold enviroment of a strange museum. They
should return to their natural enviroment which is the museum of Acropolis,and they should
stay there forever in order to remind to human beings the spirit of ancient greek. English
men should relize that these memorials could not stay away from us. So,this is why all
greek and especially we the yoyng shoyld take part in order to persuade not only the
English men,but all civilized people that these memorials should return to Greece.
Iím writting to an Englishman in order to explain to
him how important is to return the marbles of Parthenon to our country.
Dear Englisman and Englishwomen,
Iím a little Greek girl , and Iím writting to you in
order to explain to you how important is to return the marbles of Parthenon to our
country. The marbles that Lord Ellin stile from us. A teacher from our school, told us
about the history of Parthenon and more about Acropolis.When I heard that a neighbour and
a friend of ours stole some of our marbles Ifelt very sad.Many people from your country ,
come to visit Acropolis and itís museum.It would be better to return the marbles , so
you can have a whole visit from Acropolis and itís memorials. Just imagine Big-Ben being
your own Acropolis. Would it be nice if we stole it in order to put in our museums? Of
cource no. So, I hope that I managed to persuade you to give as back our marbles. It would
be honour for as . I hope you will hear me. A little Greek girl, ńŠŪŠÁ ňű„ťŪÔż
from E Ď2 class.
I would like to explain to you how important is to return
to us the marble of Parthenon. These pieces of art belong to ancient Greece, they are
classical and anybody can estimate their value. They should be at their place, where they
were born and so difficult created. The marble that are at your coyntry, are these with
out our wish, and for this they should be returned. I would like to persuade you, by
inviting you to Greece, in order to visit Parthenon. You will realise the absence of these
marbles from this terrific building. I would like you to take our part and agree with our
Dear Mr Emglishman
I dared to write to you because all Greek people and
especially children would like you return to as the marb of Parthenon. Parthenon is for
everyone a place of worshipping. Greek created it so I believe every piece of it should be
Nobody can permit to a foreign count to own pieces of our
inheritand. Many sculrtarw were looted and Mr Hold Elgim took pieces from the gable of the
temple. Today they should be here . These sculptors are pieces from Greek civilization.
Everybody knows about the miracles of ancient Greek.
It is not right that tourists can admire the whole
Parthenon here in Greece some marbles of it at England.
Many of them.
They will be confused and they wont be able to understand
who made them. I dont think that you will feel proud if they say that you used to steel
Lord Elgin didnt respect our national inheritance. But I
beliene that you are civilized and you will not keep them.
Please give us back these marbles.
They have historical and national importance for us.
Topic:Ií m writing to an english man in order to
explain to him how important is to return the marbles of Parthenon to our country.
February 1998 Englishman Ií m writing to you in order to tell you that the marbles you
stole from Parthenon should be returned,because they belong to civilization of Greece.
Like the way you have your memorial and your sculptors ,and you want them,so we want the
marbles of Parthenon and the statue of Kariatida.Ití s the wealth we inherited from our
ancentors. How would you like it if someone stole the marbles and the sculptors you have
inherited. You wouldní t like it. So we donít . Greek people fighted because they
wanted to save us, the statues and the marbles of Parthenon. Now Parthenon is almost
destroyed due to you, For this we beg you to return the marbles to their place, because
these helped progress and tourism here in Greece.
Goodbye. Dear Sir, sculpure
ųŮűůŚŽŚŲ‹ŪŰťŪÔű-golden ivory Iím sending you this letter in order to
express something that has to be done. As you know, Parthenon is the temple of Athena. It
is built in the highest point in the Acropoli, in Athens north to the ancient arkhaic
√…Ŕ—√Ō” ‘”Ń ŃňŌ”
Country is not just the place we get born and brought-up,
itís not just the natural view our mountains and sea, itís also our history. We are
Greek and anyone can tell because of our language, of the way we live of course of the
memorials that are left, and reminds us that other people with the same origin lived in
the same place with us.
The memorials of the past are the treasure, the valuable
jewel of every generation that likes to remember itís history, and doesnít despise it.
They look like rings of a chain that connects past with present./ So, nobody has the right
to cut this chain, to destroy or grab these treasures of the past and take them away from
the place they belong.
Even if this happens, and somebody steals small or big
memorials, despising by this way the history the country they belong, the descendants of
this man should rectify. When you read and think what Iím writing to you, you younger
Englishman, you can make the brave decision to fight with me, the Greek, in order the
marbles of parthenon come back to their place.
Dear Sir, Iím a little student of the sixth class of
secondary school. I donít have enough experience in my life , but I have a lot of love
for the place I live and grow , this place is my lovely GREECE. Learning about the history
and our civilization of ancient GREECE, I feel proud but there are some events that make
me feel sad. One of these are the marbles of Parthenon , the well- known Elgin marbles
that were stolen from Lord Th. Elgin and carried to the British museum at London at 1816.
I have hopefull thoughts that these treasures of my country will return to the place they
return. There have been many times efforts to set right this injustice. So, I wish we
could cooperate in order to gain a good result and eventually return the marbles and the
sculptures to their country like children return their motherís arms. Iím ending my
letter and I apologise for my daring to keep you busy with my thoughts and my proposals .
I would like you to think about them . A little boy from GREECE.
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