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#1 12 years ago

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Getty to return Italian treasures

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles has agreed to return priceless artefacts allegedly stolen from Italy. Under a compromise deal, 40 antiquities will be returned, less than the 46 Italy demanded but more than the 26 offered by the museum last year.

The items include a prized limestone and marble statue of the goddess Aphrodite, to be handed over in 2010.

Rome had threatened to sever ties with Getty over the treasures, which the Italians say were looted.

The rest of the article in the link. I just have a very serious question. Why do WE(Egyptians) get the punishment of NOT having our own ancient artifacts and statues part of our own country, even when we keep begging and asking for them, after them being looted by europeans...While Italy gets over half of its priceless artifacts that have been in America. I just dont think its fair. whther its the french or germans(I dont think the brits have some of our artifacts, but honestly I am ignorant on who exactly has what except that germany has the bust of nefartiti, and countless other artifacts in europe anyways, even ITALY has an egyptian musem) Look maybe its nice to lend the world some of these atrifacts but overall I think atleast some of the more important/expensive artifacts be put back into our hands.

And Im talking in the sense of the lootings in the past centuries, NOT egyptians that steal SOME stuff and TRY to sell them outside, because we're actively fighting that.




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#2 12 years ago

Other countries paid the money necessary for archeological teams to find artifacts at a time when Egypt wasn't even a sovereign state, so I don't think that Egypt has much of a claim.

As for looted objects, I think it is better to have them displayed in a museum than to let them rot away in a private collection and obviously the museum that buys those objects first should be the one to display them.




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#3 12 years ago

I seriously doubt Napoleoon's original intention in Egypt was to go artifact hunting :/

I just wanted to know what opioin people had about this. Honestly I've been to Egypt, and I've seen many Egyptians not-so-happy with the Idea of everyone benifiting on thier behalf. :\ I may have sounded like them, because I know atleast I want nefertiti(out of all) to be back in Egypt. But overall, I think its good they have them, only because I hate our government which wouldnt take good care of the artifacts like the common man would.




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#4 12 years ago

As far as I'm concerned the physical artifacts that come with history are largely worthless, once it's been documented to a level that can enable reproduction, (in case someone wants to make one for their house or something,) then it doesn't matter. They're just little bits of stone and stuff.