Since the British Committee renewed the campaign to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece, opinion has grown in favour of our contention that all the displaced parts of this unique monument should be preserved where it is - in Athens. Below are a selection of supportive views:
"It would be a good thing if the British Museum gave the 2,500-year-old sculptures back to Greece.Even in England the polling is in favour of returning the marbles."
"They've had a very nice stay in Britain, but they should be returned to Greece. England can take a lead on this kind of thing … letting art go back where it came from."
Dame Janet Suzman
"I think the Greeks are right in wanting to complete the artefact that for them is the most important in the world and gives us all our values.I think that to have the ancient building still standing from the ancient world from which these beautiful sculptures wrere wrenched, makes it unique."
"The Parthenon Gallery in the new Acropolis Museum provides a sweep of contiguous space for the 106-metre-long Panathenaic Procession as it never could be seen anywhere else in the world, facing the Parthenon itself high on the Sacred Rock."
"If it would be me, I would give them back immediately."
President Vladimir Putin
"The Greeks are trying to bring back what belongs not only to them but to all humanity. This shows that your efforts are to your [the Greeks] credit and we [the Russians] will support you in this."
"The return of the [Parthenon] Marbles should be the goal of all the countries that will participate in the Olympic Games. So by the time the Games are here [Greece], they will be in their rightful place."
"The only thing British about them is the fact that one of our ambassadors filched them."
Ken Livingstone (Mayor of London)
"I support the idea that the Elgin Marbles should return home once there is a proper place for them there."
Rt Hon. Neil Kinnock (Former leader of the Labour Party)
"The Parthenon without the Marbles is like a smile with a tooth missing."
Rt Hon. Michael Foot (Former leader of the Labour Party)
"The Parthenon Marbles are a serious matter to Greece... Our relations with democracy in Greece could be greatly improved if the Government could show the intelligence and magnamity to deal with that matter..."
Karl E. Meyer (New York Times)
"The Parthenon and its missing friezes are part of Greece's birthright, a defining symbol of Athens and its democracy."
Louis de Bernieres (Author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin)
Click here to read Louis de Bernieres' article on the return of the Parthenon Marbles on The Times newspaper's website.
Louis Godart (Advisor to the President of the Italian Republic on Culture)
Proposed a resolution for the return of the Parthenon Marbles currently being held at the British Museum to Greece. Mr Godart suggested this at the (2-day) conference organised by the Greek Ministry of Culture and UNESCO held in Athens (March 17-18, 2008) entitled 'Return of Cultural Objects to their Countries of Origin'.
A number of other notable supporters have made their views known. These include (but are not limited to):
Sir John Mortimer CBE, QC
Lord (Ted) Willis
C.M. Woodhouse DSO