Thursday, June 2, 2016
The British Museum
Goodmorning!! Here are some pics that I took at the British Museum in London that I'd like to share with you. It was a real difference to be there from last time, as last time I was only like 12 years old, and didn't care for the exposed things in this museum, neither for museums in general. This time, after having several years of classical languages and history education, I was way more able to appreciate the expositions in the British Museum. I actually felt kind of excited to see the chunks of stone that once belonged to the very real Parthenon in Athens (including statues that used to be in the Parthenon's tympanum!). And there was an actual caryatid from the Erechteion standing right there, long and tall, in a London museum! Then I saw the bronze bust of the young Octavianus (Augustus) that I had seen many times in my history books and books of classical culture class, and it would probably have shown up in one of my Latin books as well! Finally I saw the discobolus, although it was the Roman copy of the actual bronze Greek version, which was important in the history of sculptures (is what we learned in classical culture class).
Although I liked seeing all these from up close and it was certainly very impressive overall, I do believe that these pieces don't belong here in London and whatsoever. Because what would be the point of traveling all the way down to Athens without being able to see all of the Parthenon, at least all that's left of it? I've never been there (yet!) and I'm sure that it'd be amazing to see the the ruins of the Parthenon with my very own eyes, but I can imagine that while being there, you'd want to see the pieces that have broken off as well, without having to travel to several other places in the world! Now Wikipedia tells me that this one guy called Thomas Bruce, Lord Elgin, who happened to be the British ambassador in the Ottoman Empire, got permission in that time to collect sculptures of the Parthenon and had it brought to Great-Britain, but had to sold it to the British Museum when he needed the money. According to Wiki, the Greek government wants these pieces to be returned, and I do agree that's what should happen! It's the only place where those pieces belong (but I'm sure London isn't willing to give them away for some money-based reason).
So, besides feeling excited and disturbed at the same time, I took some picturs of Eva in the museum and I kinda like how they turned out. I guess the British Museum is a great place to shoot some photographs.
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