Darryl A. Phillips

Who “owns” Alexander the Great

June 27, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The issue of ownership of our western cultural heritage is a tricky matter.  The “Elgin Marbles” or “Parthenon Marbles” (depending on your viewpoint) are perhaps the best known example of the complex business of literally owning the cultural remains.  A more complicated issue involves the Former Yugolav Republic of Macedonia (or simply the country of Macedonia — again depending upon your point of view).  Controvery has surrounded the name of this country since the break up of Yugoslavia.  Now a new  claim to the name comes in the form of a massive statue of Alexander the Great that has been erected in the center of the capital Skopje.  The Guardian has an informative article and provides the following picture:

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