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 …
“The origins of life is at the edge of order and chaos.” Dr. Joseph Cambry
First the butterfly theory of chaos, now slime mold? Perhaps, the unexpected and inconspicuous slime mold explains connectivity in nature as well as in human nature as seen through the power of social media.
The Acropolis invokes the power of Athena, the goddess of war, wisdom, law and justice, science and art. A monument that universally represents cultural heritage and democracy. At it’s most vulnerable moment and on a scale never before seen, the temples of the Acropolis experienced shocking destruction and brazen theft, casting a shadow that waits to be lifted when justice is delivered.
Yet, perhaps, with patience, calculations and tactics that would even make Sun Tzu blush and bow in honor, the warrior spirit of Athena rises again. This time, Athena wields a just swift sword in the form of social media.
During the occupation of Athens by the Ottoman Empire, over 50% of the Parthenon sculptures were taken by questionable or unscrupulous means by then Ambassador and Lord Elgin for his home in Scotland that were later purchased by the British Parliament for the British Museum.
The International Organizing Committee – Australia – for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles (IOC-A-RPM) will host a two day second International Colloquy Parthenon: An Icon of Global Citizenship beginning on November 15, 2013 at the University of Sydney Nicholson Museum that will concentrate the dialogue in four areas: education, economy, activism and litigation. A call for papers and expert speakers is open until July 31, 2013.
Why now? What are the key points to ensure the return of the Parthenon sculptures?