Critchley Says Parthenon Marbles Are Greece’s

parthenon marblesSimon Critchley, a professor of philosophy at The New School in New York City, brought the house down at the 23d World Congress of Philosophy meeting in Athens when he said the Parthenon Marbles stolen from the Acropolis nearly 200 years ago and now in the British Museum should be returned to Greece.

Critchley, who is British, was speaking to an audience on the banks of the Ilissos and had them cheering when he said, “I never understood why England has the Parthenon Marbles. The Parthenon Marbles belong to Greece and to Athens and they must return to their homeland”.

A little later, the British philosopher said that, “The attitude of the British government surprises me. All these years they have been claiming that there was no special area (for the Marbles), but now there’s the Acropolis Museum,” which was built to house the marbles, but the British Museum still refuses to return the stolen goods.

The congress of more than 2,000 philosophers ran Aug. 4-10 and was held for the first time in the real birthplace of philosophy with talks centering on philosophy as a lifestyle.

Most discussions take place at the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens, however, some of them are carried out in the places where the ancient Greek philosophers were writing, thinking and living. The conference’s last discussion on Aug. 9 was a meeting with a special symbolism, as it took place at the area of the ancient Callirhoe spring of the Ilissos river, behind the Agia Fotini church.

This area is associated with Plato’s Phaedrus, which particularly refers to love, so the speeches were relevant to this topic.

Among the speakers was Critchley, Myrto Dragona-Monachou, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Athens and Jonathan Lear, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago.


  1. I was under the impression this was a site for discussion & comment, whether you agree with me or not is your problem, not mine

  2. You are greatly mistaken. The British press and government both reference FYROM as “Macedonia” and its citizens as “Macedonians”.

    To make things worse, British media like the Economist and even Cameron’s government lobbies for Skopians. (while trying to downplay their little transformation into ancient macedonians and irredentism against our country)

    This FYROM issue is actually a major factor as why some Greeks have become hostile towards foreigners. (many of whom also play stupid about FYROM nationalist transformation to hide their embarrassment in calling them Macedonians)

    To understand how Greeks feel about this issue, imagine British reaction if the rest of the world started to reference western France as “ethnic English”, a french dialect as “English”, as they claimed to be the “real English”,,,,while drawing up maps of “United England”.

    If you can answer that truthfully, you’d understand why Greeks are justified in their hostility towards the patronizing bigots that reference the Skopians as “macedonians”,

  3. I would agree most modern Brits are anti-Greek these days but not ever Brit is anti-greek. For instance British historians are generally on our side in the name dispute. (e.g .Oxford classicists like Robin Lane Fox are actually very vocally in Greece’s corner)

    Unfortunately the anti-Greek British press, ngos, and politicians don’t don’t give these historians a voice to speak on the issue. Much like everyone else that “recognized” the Slavs, they seem far more concerned with dishonerably hiding their mistake and betraying us rather than apologizing to Greeks, removing recognition, and denouncing FYROM’s now blatantly obvious state propaganda and irredentism.

  4. “It is no wonder that, in matters of politics in the Balkans, Greece feels misunderstood. It cannot understand why, after it stood alone with the United Kingdom against
    the forces of fascism between 28 October 1940–Ohi day, as it is still called–and 27 April 1941, when Athens finally fell, its former allies now appear to be taking the part of forces against which it stood, especially when, after the second world war, it endured those further four years of civil war to
    hold the line against the communist advance to the Aegean. That was done for the United States and for the United Kingdom especially–the world powers of the
    time–and those Governments objected, in 1944, to Tito’s change of the name of Vardar Banovina.” – House of Commons Hansard Debates for 9 May 1995

  5. I would prefer if we removed recognition of the UK and recognized western france as England and its citzens as “ethnic English”. Would wake up the snot Cameron.

  6. The modern British state was created in the 18th century. Does that mean anything made prior to that date isn’t British and everyone else gets dibs on it? What would be left of modern Britain? The millennium wheel?

  7. In bitola my friend, Hearuclea. Very nice place, the only mosaics found in the region to use 26 different colours. Check it out, it’s in the Republic of Macedonia.

  8. The City of Hercules…..hmmmm sounds very Greek no wait I mean Slavic lol. Sorry, only the country that has Thessaloniki and Pella and Aegis will ever be Macedonia

  9. You said it my friend, Macedonia!!! The Republic of Macedonia. PS your mention of ‘Greek’, is that with reference to a culture or a race? Because it is very hard to state what the race is of a modern day Greek today.

  10. Sorry, only the land that has the ancient capitals of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Pella and Aiges is Macedonia.

  11. It was Macedonia during the Classical Age, the Hellenistic Age, the Roman Age and Byzantine Age….what do you expect it to be named???

  12. But now you are confusing yourself, before you were saying Greek and now you are saying Macedonian, there is a difference, they are not the same. Macedonia does have Solun and Pela, not Greece.

  13. No you’re confusing yourself, Laconia has Sparta, Attica has Athens, Macedonia has Thessaloniki, Argolid has Argos, Elis has Olympia and etc…they are all in GREECE

  14. But your going around in circles, Greece aquired Macedonia in 1913, it wasn’t always in Greece. Then the region was renamed “Northern Greece” and then in 1988 was renamed Back to its rightful name Macedonia. Also, could you please clarify to me what is the Ethnicity of this so called ‘Greek’?

  15. In 1944 Tito renamed the Serbian southern province of Vardar into the Federal Republic of Macedonia. Could you clarify what ethnicity you Skopjans are?

  16. But it was known in 1913 as Macedonia, During also the classical age, Hellenistic age, roman age and Byzantine and ottoman age. I know there is a Varder river, but that same river runs through to Solun as well.

    But my friend I have asked you first what the ethnicity is of this so called ‘Greek’. We are not kids now for you to ask me the same question without answering me first.

  17. Nope it was Paeonia in the Classical Age and Hellenistic
    Age, the Roman province of Macedonia was extensive(Albania,Thessaly, Bulgaria, Thrace) and inclusive to any one region, and the Ottoman Empire did not have a Vilayet called Macedonia. So yes Tito did rename Vardar to macedonia