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Greek textbook wording on UK art removal draws official ire

January 13, 2015

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s education minister has denounced the wording of an art history schoolbook as “monstrous” because it strays from the country’s official line on a major dispute with Britain over the Parthenon Sculptures.

In a chapter on neoclassicism, the book refers to the sculptures’ “transportation” to England. Greece says the 5th Century BC works were illegally removed, and has lobbied long to reclaim them from London’s British Museum.

Andreas Loverdos said Tuesday he has instructed officials to ensure schoolchildren receive “the correct information” on the removal of the ancient works from the Acropolis 200 years ago by Lord Elgin, a Scot.

Loverdos said the book, published in 2003, will be withdrawn next term.

His comments followed complaints by the opposition’s shadow education minister, less than two weeks ahead of national elections.

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