Greece Says It Won't Take U.K. To Court For Return Of Elgin Marbles

May 14, 2015 6:41 PM

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The headless, reclining sculpture of the river god Ilissos is on display at the State Hermitage Museum as part of its 250th anniversary celebration in St Petersburg, in December. The sculpture, taken from the Parthenon in Athens 200 years ago, was on loan to Russia from the British Museum.

Greece has backed off a threat to sue the United Kingdom for the return of the Elgin Marbles, a set of sculptures dating to 400 B.C. that were removed from the Parthenon 200 years ago and have been in the British Museum ever since.

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