Renowned author, actor and philhellene Stephen Fry has urged Britain to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.
The British actor said it would be a “classy act” that would get more than a million Athenians out on the streets to welcome the marbles home.
A lover of Classical antiquity, Fry, who has written a series of books retelling Greek myths, made the comments on a podcast, “The Chris Evans Breakfast Show,” last Friday.
The 64-year old Brit told listeners that the British Museum could replace the Parthenon sculptures with a virtual experience.
“So the British Museum would have a Parthenon experience and you go in and see this fabulous technology using AR helmets or whatever you want to wear and you see how the originals were perfectly reproduced and out in place and you watch them being packed up and put on the train,” Fry said.
Fry said that while Britain has certainly looked after the sculptures, it’s time to return them to Greece.
“It would be such a classy act. I promise you one million Athenians would come on to the street to welcome them,” he said. “They mean so much to the Greeks; they are part of the nature of what Athens is.”
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