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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-06-14

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Stolen statue of Apollo returned to Greece

  • [01] Stolen statue of Apollo returned to Greece

    The Greek government on Thursday praised the return of a marble statue of the Olympian god Apollo, 16 years after the artefact was stolen, along with nine other items, from a museum on Crete.

    The unconditional agreement to return the priceless statue, depicting a male marble torso, was reached with a Swiss art dealer with the mediation of the Swiss government, after the statue was tracked to Berne, Switzerland.

    The statue, temporarily kept at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, was discovered by Italian archaeologist Federico Halbherr in the 19th century during excavations in Gortyna, Crete. It is believed to be a 1st century AD replica of a famed statue found in ancient Athens created by either by famed 4th century BC ancient sculptor Praxiteles or one of his students.

    Greek Culture Minister George Voulgarakis hailed the return of the artefact, the latest in a string of high-profile repatriations of antiquities smuggled out of Greece.

    Caption: ANA-MPA photo / O. PANAGIOTOU


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