Greece Wants Victory of Samothrace Back

Greece Wants Victory of Samothrace Back

Winged Victory of Samothrace LouvreAs officials of the Louvre in Paris seek to raise another one million euros to renovate the famed sculpture Winged Victory of Samothrace that was stolen off that Greek island by a Frenchman in the 19th Century, Greece has asked for its return.

“If the French and the Louvre have a problem, we are ready to preserve and accentuate the Victory of Samothrace, if they return it to us,” said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Akis Gerondopoulos.

Talking to the Greek radio station SKAI, he stated that he speaks as a native of Evros. “Samothrace is an excellent island, the statue of Winged Victory was found there; its archaeological site and Museum exist, so we can showcase it as natives of the region,” he said.

He added that, “The archaeological service of the region is doing a very important work in Samothrace and everyday more and more of the region’s natural beauties are highlighted, especially its archaeological treasures. For us, Samothrace is a diamond in the region of Thrace,” he concluded.

With the Parthenon Marbles, friezes that were stolen from the Acropolis marvel nearly 200 years ago by a British diplomat, Lord Elgin, the Winged Victory is regarded as one of the world’s greatest treasures but the French and British said the masterpieces are not Greek anymore and that Greece has no claim to them.

  • Steve Kay

    So was the Palermo Fragment stolen, or did Greece agree to send it back because it was not stolen?

  • 68040

    Charge the French government rent for Nike and then put the amount the French owe to Greece in debt derivatives market where we can expanded it by billions. Exactly like French (and German) banks to Greek sovereign debt and Wall street did to mortgage debt.

  • berko

    greece seem to want a lot of things,even though the treasury is pretty much empty nowadays

  • Iroas

    “French and British said the masterpieces are not Greek anymore and that Greece has no claim to them.”

    It is Greek and belong to them. They have no right to steal from Greece who saved Europe from Persians. French and British can go and fack themselves. They behave like facking Hitler.