Amal Clooney arrives in Athens on Elgin Marbles return mission


Amal Alamuddin has returned to work with her bang after marrying actor George Clooney, as she arrived in Athens on Monday. Mrs Clooney turned up for a three-day visit to advise the government on its legal chances for the return of the Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum in London.

I am honoured to have been invited by the government to attend a series of meetings this week, I am very much looking orward to it, and thank you for the warm welcome.

Greece has been requesting the marbles return since the 1980's and various public figures, celebrities, and athletes have supported the cause, such as actors Sean Connery and Judi Dench.

The marbles, also known as the Elgin marbles, which are sculptured pieces of the Parthenon temple, were removed by Thomas Bruce, the Earl of Elgin, from 1802 to 1804, when Greece was occupied by the Ottoman Empire.

Bruce, who was an ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, shipped them back to Britain. They were then passed on to the British Museum.

Along with lawyer and author Geoffrey Robertson, Amal is to discuss the possible legal avenues that could be available for the Greek government to pursue.

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