Greece, 2117 A.D.


This cartoon takes a satirical look at the ongoing dispute between Greece and Britain over the ownership of the Parthenon marbles. Greece argues that the artifacts were illegally obtained and should be returned to Athens to restore “cohesion, homogeneity and historicity of the monument to which they belong.”1 The British, on the contrary, argue that the marbles were obtained legally, and to remove the marbles from the British Museum would disrupt its image as a “world museum.” Furthermore, this caricature questions the effects of British imperialism on national identity, the idea of rightful ownership, and how the current economic situation in Greece could negatively impact the Greek/British controversy.


  1. Divari-Valakou, Nicoletta,  “Revisiting the Parthenon—National Heritage in a Global Age,” Utimut: Past heritage, Future Partnerships, Discussions on repatriation in the 21st Century. Copenhagen: IGWA, 2008.