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11 January 2006

University of Heidelberg returns fragment of Parthenon sculptures to Greece permanently

In recognition of the significance of the Parthenon as part of the world's cultural heritage — Return should not be used as precedence for other monuments and works of art

The Collection of Antiquities of the University of Heidelberg is in possession of a fragment of a relief of Parthenon´s north frieze, which joins other fragments in Athens. Already in the past the University of Heidelberg has made possible the bringing together of joining fragments of ancient works of art through exchange with other Museums in various countries.

Fragment vom Fries des Parthenon im Antikenmuseum der Universität Heidelberg
Fragment from the Parthenon (University Heidelberg): Height appr. 8 cm, width appr. 11 cm., Marble. Inv.-No.: St. 16.
Photos : Hubert Vögele
Fragment vom Fries des Parthenon im Antikenmuseum der Universität Heidelberg

Taking this into consideration the Rectorate decided the transfer to Greece of this fragment of the Partnenon sculptures. This takes place exclusively in recognition of the significance of the Parthenon as part of the world´s cultural heritage and is guided by the scholarly aim of promoting the unification of the Parthenon as a unique monument of world culture. The Rectorate regards the transfer of this fragment as a special case that should not be used as a precedence for other monuments and works of art.

In accordance with the current international practice when fragments of art monuments are brought together, the University of Heidelberg expects that the Greek Ministry of Culture donates another work art to its Collection of Antiquities. The Director of the Institute of Ancient Studies Professor Dr. Tonio Hölscher is authorised to discuss the modalities with the Greek Ministry of Culture, in cooperation with the legal services of the university and the Vice Rector Professor Dr. Angelos Chaniotis.

For further questions please contact (after 5 pm today):
Prof. Dr. Angelos Chaniotis
Vice Rector of the University of Heidelberg
Tel. 06221 542232
angelos.chaniotis@urz.uni-heidelberg.de

more general requests:
Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 54317
michael.schwarz@rektorat.uni-heidelberg.de
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