Losing our Marbles?
The dear old chestnut of ‘giving back’ the ‘Elgin Marbles’ is back in the papers. In some quarters, it is now being linked with the imminent celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the the modern Greek Nation State.
I wrote about all this in some detail a few years ago. I now wish to make two simple points.
(1) ‘Classical’ Greece was not a Nation State. It was a mosaic of poleis, city-states,