Greek-American Politicians Seek Hearing on Parthenon Marbles

The Parthenon Marbles are currently in the British Museum. Greece wants their return. (File photo)

Members of the U.S. Congress’ Hellenic Caucus have requested the Committee on Foreign Affairs hold a hearing on their House Resolution saying the Parthenon Marbles should be returned to Greece.

Co-chairs of the Hellenic Caucus — U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Gus Bilirakis, and Hellenic Caucus Member U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. — wrote:

“These sculptures are ancient symbols of Greek heritage, culture, and art. Greeks and visitors should be able to experience and enjoy the entire frieze in Greece in the way it was intended and originally designed around the Temple of Athena.”

The letter reminds the committee that the Greek government has pledged to work diplomatically with the British government to reach an agreement regarding the Parthenon Marbles.

“Passing the resolution would send a clear signal to both countries that the United States is committed to the fair return of these invaluable historical artifacts,” the letter reads.