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article imageMrs Clooney to fight for return of Greek monuments from Britain

By Kev Hedges     Oct 14, 2014 in Politics
Newly-wed Mrs Clooney, formerly Amal Alamuddin, has flown into Greece to help the nation try and claim back the Parthenon marbles from Britain.
Mrs Alamuddin-Clooney, a human rights lawyer and international law specialist, arrived in Athens on Monday to try and settle one of the longest running spats in the west's history. The Parthenon Marbles are better known in Britain as The Elgin Marbles and currently displayed at the British Museum in London.
The Elgin Marbles are basically a collection of sculptures by Phidias and his team, inscribed and created as part of a display on the Parthenon. Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin, removed the marble sculptures in 1812, while he was British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire (Greece was part of the Ottoman Empire at the time).
Greece has long condemned the removal of the marble sculptures from the Parthenon, which it says was a blatant act of vandalism and an "illegal removal from a monument of significant value." Now Mrs Clooney, with the aid of UNESCO, has agreed to mediate between Britain and Greece and settle a dispute that has been raging since 1980.
The marbled sculptures were made in the 5th century B.C. and were intended as additions to the Parthenon until the sculptures were removed. Mrs Alamuddin-Clooney was due to meet with Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras in early September, but these talks were postponed until now because of the British-Lebanese lawyer's much-publicized marriage to the world's most eligible bachelor, George Clooney.
Hollywood superstar Clooney has already appeared in a film with Matt Damon called The Monument Men, about a team of allied personnel who recover priceless antiquities stolen by the Nazis.
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