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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 08 June 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 8 JUNE 2019 15 ANTIQUITY Singer Héllena’s new single sends out message to Britain The song will be used by organisations around the world to raise awareness of the issue S inger Héllena is getting political in her latest single. Titled 'The Parthenon Marbles (bring them back)', as the name suggests, the song is both inspired by and dedicated to the Parthenon Marbles, which are currently housed at the British Museum in London. The song will be used by The Erechteion fragment returned by Birgit Wiger-Agner, pictured in the centre. PHOTO: ALEXANDROS MPELTES FOR ANA-MPA Royal Dramatic Theatre, some prominent Swedish actors and intellectuals contributed actively in a joint call for the return of the Marbles. The venue was the stage of the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. Some 300 supporters of the cause witnessed a highly successful event, which included the reading of classical Greek poets. The Greek Culture Minister Lydia Koniordou, had sent a message to the conference encouraging us to continue our support. During the event you called for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures to Greece, noting that the reunification of the Marbles is a moral issue. Could you please elaborate? It is important to stress that the circumstances surrounding the appropriation of the Marbles and their transfer to London are truly unique and lack any foundation in international law. Their return to Athens is a question of moral principle and respect for our common past. Sweden has already returned to Greece a fragment from the Erechtheion. Earlier, in 2006, the Swedish committee had the honour to return a well preserved fragment from the Erechteion temple. This piece was brought back to Athens by a Swedish lady, Mrs. Birgit Wiger-Agner, and had been in her family's possession for over 110 years. It is now exhibited at the Acropolis museum. On 15 April 2019, the Swedish Parthenon Committee participated in the International Conference for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures held at the Acropolis Museum, (where) some 300 experts, including members of 14 of the 17 national Parthenon Committees, had gathered at the Acropolis Museum, to discuss the issue from all possible angles. For me, it was a true honour to enjoy Greek hospitality at its best: magnificent setting, great weather, and great speakers. Participants on their part were unanimous in expressing their continued support for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to its rightful owners. The Swedish Parthenon Committee has also participated in several major events concerning the issue of the Parthenon Marbles. Tell us about them. For the last twenty years I have had the privilege of participating in a number of international Parthenon events, in Sweden, in Brussels, in England and in Greece, all intended to highlight the importance of the issue and keeping it alive. One has to realise that the friendly resolution of the Parthenon Marbles dispute is a longterm proposition: Questions involving history and national pride are always complicated, but I firmly hope that the Parthenon issue can be resolved during my lifetime. You served as the Swedish Ambassador to Greece. What do you remember from your posting in Athens? Serving as Sweden's ambassador to Athens, was sheer delight! Wonderful country, wonderful climate, wonderful friends and a great history always there to explore. As always, relations between Sweden and Greece were excellent. The Papandreou family had lived in Sweden during the Junta years. Giorgos Papandreou went to school in Sweden and welcomed us to Athens in perfect Swedish. Needless to say, my family truly enjoyed our four years in Greece! Would you like to highlight some of the major events you experienced during your posting in Greece? My stay in Greece was filled with memorable events: A clear highlight was the signing, in June 1994, of Sweden's entry agreement with the European Union. As it happened, at the time Greece had the EU presidency and was thus responsible for membership negotiations with candidate countries. As ambassador to Athens I could follow the talks closely, but above all, I was present at the signing of the final agreement on the island of Corfu. The Greeks had chosen Corfu, a truly beautiful island with a broad European past, as venue for the signature ceremonies with the so called candidate countries, Sweden, Austria, Finland and Norway. For me this was a highly memorable experience, a historic European event enveloped in Greek hospitality. *Interview by Nicky Psychari, Head of Press and Communication organisations around the world to raise awareness of the campaign to have the marbles returned, an issue that dates back over 200 years to when British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Lord Elgin removed the 2,500-year-old sculptures from the Acropolis temple. Greece has repeatedly called for the marbles to be returned since its independence from the Ottoman Empire. Héllena's single will be released on 20 June to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Acropolis Museum's Héllena gets political in her latest recording. opening – where the songwriter believes the marbles should safely be housed once returned to Greece. With this in mind, on the day she will perform the song live from the courtyard of the British Museum, within the confines of the Duveen Gallery where the Parthenon Marbles are displayed – not once, but 10 times. The symbolic launch has been arranged with the help of the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles, which has collaborated with the International Organising Committee Australia for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles. Professor inspired by Ancient Greeks creates games to teach students about power and responsibility cademics in the UK have developed a new series of workshops to teach young people about power and responsibility, in a bid to help them better understand the current political climate by drawing inspiration from none other than the Ancient Greeks. Developed by Professor Neville Morley from the University of Exeter in collaboration with The Politics Project, an educational charity, it was his research on historian Thucydides' and his ideas on helping others to understand war, politics and power that form the basis of the workshops. "Brexit has obviously made everyone very aware of how complex politics can be, but what Thucydides wanted to do was tell us that the world is always complex and difficult," Professor Morley said. That being said, the A Thousands of years on, Ancient Greek historian Thucydides still has lessons to teach. PHOTO: YOUTUBE Professor is well aware that simply telling young people something is complicated and unfair can be too abstract. Which is why he decided to get creative, creating a series of interactive games that help students, particularly those undertaking their GCSE and A-levels, to apply political theory in an interactive way. Students take part in three sessions, each one giving them a chance to learn about different types of power relationships. Participants also select a politician from their community to undertake a 'digital surgery', where they can draw on their new understanding of power in asking questions about how it works in practice. "Playing games helps them think more about the issues and discuss the role of power and responsibility in a more concrete way," Professor Morley said. "We've found this does lead to young people talking about different sorts of power relationships they've seen themselves, for example relationships with parents or bullying they have been a victim of or witnessed." The workshops are currently being trialled with students at Queen Elizabeth's Community College in Crediton in their last year of GCSEs and in the sixth form, with the aim to open them up to schools around England. "Playing games is a perfect way of raising and discussing issues and getting teenagers to think about the world around them. It's important now and always for pupils preparing for adulthood to understand power, and how this influences all sorts of relationships. By using the ancient world, we can also give them a glimpse into history – but above all this is about drawing on the power of ancient Greek ideas to help us make sense of our own world," Professor Morley said.
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