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Oct 14, 2014 8:30 AM

Amal Clooney in Greece for Parthenon Marbles bid

The Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece (AP) A team of London lawyers, including Amal Clooney, are in Athens to submit proposals for a new boost to Greece's campaign to reclaim the 5th-century B.C. Parthenon Sculptures from Britain.

Culture Minister Costas Tassoulas said he had long discussions Tuesday with Clooney, who recently married U.S. actor George Clooney, and her two colleagues, on a potential legal bid for the works.

The marble sculptures, which for more than 2,000 years decorated the Parthenon temple on the Acropolis, were removed more than two centuries ago by Lord Elgin, a Scottish nobleman, and are displayed in London's British Museum.

Greece maintains they were illegally removed during Greece's Turkish occupation and should be returned for display in a new Athens museum which the British Museum and the British government reject.


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