Classical Antiquity

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Museums & Heritage

Pressure mounts for Italy to buy Torlonia marbles—world's finest collection of Greco-Roman antiquities still in private hands

As a landmark exhibition in Rome draws to a close, government's plans for long-hidden group of ancient sculpture remain unclear

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Exhibitions

Finding Nero: reputation of misunderstood Roman emperor is revisited for major London show

“Almost every single thing we think we know about him is wrong,” says the curator of a new exhibition at the British Museum

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Books

The magical and divine in ancient stones revealed in a game-changing new book

A revolutionary study based on Enlightenment theories explains what coloured marbles meant, from Egypt to the 17th century

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British Museum

The Big Review: Troy at the British Museum

With an impressive range of objects, this show evokes the eternal power of the greatest stories ever told

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Exhibitions

Troy meets world: London show reconciles myth and reality of ancient city

British Museum exhibition will display work inspired by epic stories alongside artefacts from 19th-century archaeological excavations

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UK politics

'A democratic vote swayed by lies is not democracy'—Mary Beard on what antiquity can teach us about political spin

The recipient of the 2019 J. Paul Getty Medal discusses how understanding Cicero can help decipher the rise of populism

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Exhibitions

Ashmolean Museum show unearths doomed Pompeii's culinary life

The exhibition in Oxford, which contains loans that have never before left Italy, includes a (possible) Roman version of a chamber pot

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Art & Technology

Hollywood technology used to examine new Herculaneum find

Researchers see future applications for this cross-over science

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Restitution

Antiquities dealer Jerome Eisenberg returns Roman and Etruscan artefacts to Italy

The works had been illegally exported or excavated

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Parthenon

Official opening of New Acropolis Museum to feature partially recreated Parthenon frieze

The New Acropolis Museum

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Parthenon

Greece's share of Parthenon marbles to be transported to New Acropolis Museum using series of cranes

After it was determined that other means of removal might pose risk to the sculptures, being lifted by air appeared the safest option

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Greece's Archaeological Museum of Heraklion to send Minoan antiquities to British Museum

The arrangement may be the first step in diffusing the animosity brought about by the Elgin marbles, although a request for their return is expected

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Restitution

Italy gets antiquities back from Boston Museum of Fine Arts

The museum bought in good faith, but was shown evidence that they had left Italy illicitly

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Restitution

Getty antiquities to be returned to Italy

A joint statement by the Getty and Italian government says 21 pieces will go back

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Restitution

Turkey claims stele in British Museum

Despite a lack of evidence suggesting that the basalt stele was excavated illegally, the Turkish government are making a bid to regain the artefact

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Auction houses

Louvre makes an unexpected splash at Boisgirard auctions with E2.8 million purchase of Ancient Greek horse head

The piece could be a precursor of the Parthenon sculptures

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Parthenon

The British Museum dismisses Parthenon Marbles loan rumours, although they are willing to make alternative concessions to Greece

Athens are still hopeful that the marbles will be returned, to be be housed in the currently unfinished New Acropolis Museum

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Exhibitions

One of the oldest and largest collections of classical antiquities in the US is now on view in a new installation

Worlds intertwined: Etruscans, Greeks and Romans

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Greek vases

Recent publications by Richard T. Neer, Barbara Barletta and Mary Beard delve into Classical antiquity

The Art Newspaper reviews contemporary scholarship on vase-painting, architectural orders and The Parthenon

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Restitution

Warning from Greek Culture Minister: give back the Parthenon Marbles—or your reputation suffers

The Acropolis museum is under construction, and the design for the permanent exhibition is in preparation

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Restitution

A short history of the Parthenon Marbles: Why restitution is not always the answer

A look at what happened to the sculptures from early Christian times to the 21st century, and the damage to those remaining after Lord Elgin bought the majority of them

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Parthenon

No solution for Parthenon conundrum as British Museum unpersuaded by arguments for restitution of architectural components

The reconstruction of the Acropolis requires the capital and drum back from Britain to be completed, whilst the rightful custody of the marbles is still in question

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Art market

The Art Newspaper has selected ten pieces which have appeared on the art market over the past 10 years in this sales report

The supply of great art is slowing, but wonderful things still appear on the market

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Art Basel

Classical antiquities fare better than decorative arts and paintings: Cultura Basel 2000

Cultura Basel ’00 fair report

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Letters

Letter: Nero is the subject of the Warren Cup

One of the British Museum's finest treasures may depict a notoriously licentious Roman emperor

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Getty Museum

Getty returns three stolen works to Italy

Curator voluntarily collaborates with Italy in accordance with museum’s policy

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Parthenon sculptures

Historian William St Clair's account of Parthenon marbles malpractice at British Museum revives lobby calling for their return

Greeks renew demands for return of sculptures following new allegations that they were irreparably damaged in the Thirties

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Parthenon

New site must be identified for Parthenon, as authorities deem its days on the Acropolis numbered

High levels of pollution in the area are diminishing the marble

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Ancient Greece

New evidence shows painted Greek pottery would have been found in Poundland rather than at Plato's dinner table

Greek vases were incredibly cheap at the time, despite taking pride of place in our museums

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News

The Uffizi’s “Wounded warrior” is a Greek original

It was previously believed that the statue was a copy

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Warburg Institute

Warburg digitises census of art available to Renaissance audiences

Access Apollo Belvedere and friends on computer now

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Excavations explore how far beyond the ramparts the Trojan War was fought

Excavations suggest that the ten-year war was fought some distance away from Priam's rock