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Heracles to return to Turkey
1.       tunci
7149 posts
 26 Jul 2011 Tue 01:00 pm

Heracles to return to Turkey

 

1,800-year-old Roman sculpture of the mythological hero Heracles

 1,800-year-old Roman sculpture of the mythological hero Heracles

 

The top half of an 1,800-year-old Roman sculpture of the mythological hero Heracles will be returned to Turkey to rejoin the lower half of the statue which is already on display, according to The New York Times.

The statue, which has been on display at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, will soon be returned to Turkey, writer Zara Kessler reported in an article titled “Herakles, Weary No More.”

“[Heracles] went on display in Boston in April 1982. It is now in storage, having last been seen by museum visitors during a 2007 exhibition. In 1980, archaeologists found the bottom half of the statue in eight pieces in the city of Perge [in Antalya]. This portion is now in a museum in Antalya. No one documented the discovery of [Heracles’] top half, but archaeologists insist it was discovered around the same time and place,” the story said.

After years of discussion and disagreement, the story said the Boston Museum now expected to formalize the return of the upper half of the statue within the next year. “However, plans are already in the works for the full statue to return to Boston on short-term loan as early as 2012,” the story reported. According to the story, the return symbolizes another victory in a larger effort for the repatriation of works of antiquity that were taken from Turkey.

The story also noted that a Hittite statue had been taken to Berlin archaeologists in 1917 and never returned to Turkey. “Turkey’s culture minister, Ertuğrul Günay, had previously threatened not to renew German licenses for archaeological digs if the sphinx was not returned,” the story said.


Note : Good news but we want all other ones return to Turkey as well.. 

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2.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 26 Jul 2011 Tue 08:53 pm

So when are you going to give that obelix in Istanbul back to Egypt?

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3.       tunci
7149 posts
 26 Jul 2011 Tue 11:21 pm

 

Quoting barba_mama

So when are you going to give that obelix in Istanbul back to Egypt?

 

 The "Obelix" story is ;

 Theodosius the Great,who in 390  brought an obelisk from Egypt and erected it inside the racing track.  it was originally erected at the Temple of Karnak in Luxor during the reign of Tuthmosis III in about 1490 BC. Theodosius had the obelisk cut into three pieces and brought to Constantinople.

As you see ;

First point = Obeliks was brought into Istanbul during Roman Reign, Theosius the Great, it was way  before Turks.

Second point = It wasnt stolen as Egypt was part of Roman Empire.

 

 

 Note : Another item ; Hittite statue had been taken to Berlin archaeologists in 1917 and never returned to Turkey.

4.       vineyards
1954 posts
 28 Jul 2011 Thu 12:34 am

That´s a laughing matter. After returning ours. We must conquer Paris and New York too. There are bigger obelisks to be returned to Egypt in those cities.

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5.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 28 Jul 2011 Thu 01:33 pm

My point was not against this one statue, but against the line "Good news but we want all other ones return to Turkey as well.."

That is not realistic and not fair. There are enough foreign objects in Turkey too! You can´t have a big worldwide swap, giving back "all the other ones" to their original countries.

6.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 30 Jul 2011 Sat 04:15 am

The 1,800-years-old statue is not really Turkish either but Roman if we want to be precise lol Oh, and neither is Istanbul..ekhm..sorry, Constantinople

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