The Parthenon Marbles: how museums distort our perception of the past
Joshua Smith explains the complex history behind the Parthenon Marbles and questions what modern museums should be doing to account for their colonial pasts.
Edward Said once wrote, “all cultures are involved in one another; none is single and pure, all are hybrid, heterogenous, extraordinarily differentiated, and unmonolithic”. Said’s words, in my opinion, are no better illustrated than in the social history of the Parthenon.
The temple has undergone a tumultuous and multi-faced journey, from