The Acropolis of Athens, Greece, reigns majestically above and continues to inspire original thinkers in democracy, philosophy, the arts, the sciences, and the humanities. Each marble piece defying scientific expectations has over the centuries commanded respect. Dedicated to the goddess Athena, who reigned with strength and peacefulness, the Acropolis symbolically represents the possibilities within humanity to achieve justice, architectural masterpieces, and, scientific endeavors.
Greek mythology being the wise storyteller to ignite and inspire the best in human accomplishments. Century after century, the Acropolis survived battles, empires, occupations and even intentional destruction and theft. Yet, within the turmoil caused by human hostilities, is the foundation and knowledge of the Acropolis fully known and understood today? If all that was stolen was returned, what knowledge would be discovered? Who has the right to own a world monument? The full story of the Acropolis is awaiting discovery for humankind.
Now, storytellers can help reclaim the Acropolis’ own destiny by writing the story of the return of all the pieces scattered around the world. What would Solomon say? What would a judge’s ruling say upon casting a decision for restitution?
“The Day They Came Home” is a fiction writing contest to reveal the possibilities and realities of a full and unified world monument of the Acropolis.
What do you imagine upon their return? Who will be present? How did it actually happen? What laws or acts of diplomacy were engaged? What is the ultimate story waiting to be shared with the world?
Within the depths of your imagination, write your story. Forge the potential path for the return of sculptures and marble pieces to the Acropolis to rebuild this world monument.
Share your vision on “The Day They Came Home.”
The contest is initiated by Tom Kazas, a recognized leader in the international campaign for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures, many held in the British Museum in London.
Interested in learning more about the Parthenon, read the Parthenon Enigma by Joan Breton Connolly, Purview: Her View by Dennis Menos, The Universal Museum: A Valid Model for the 21st Century by Tom Flynn, the site created Nikolaos Chatziandreou, AcropolisofAthens.gr or past stories on 9 Muses News.
As founder and publisher of 9 Muses News, I am pleased to support this creative endeavor to explore the restitution of the Parthenon sculptures and other Acropolis marbles to the world monument of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Imagine, write and share, everything is possible.
By Keri Douglas, founder and publisher of 9 Muses News. All rights reserved.