Re-Forming Greek & Roman Empires Recalling Ancient Idols

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 0:37 AM
July 26, 2013

Turkey-wants-stolen-artifacts-back-from-British-Museum       In moves considered bribery or blackmail among the museum world, Turkey demands return of ‘its’ ancient artifacts.  Romania resurrects Dracula, and Greece and Iraq begs the same for their ‘art’ idols.  Only Syria lets war to destroy its past.

Dan Bilefsky writes in ‘Seeking Return of Art, Turkey Jolts Museums,’ “An aggressive campaign by Turkey to reclaim antiquities it says were looted has led . . . to the return of . . . many golden treasures. . . . But . . . some of the world’s largest museums, which call the campaign cultural blackmail.”

The Turks have even filed a criminal complaint within their countries court system for an investigation into “the illegal excavation of 18 objects  that are now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Norbert Schimmel collection.”

Turkey’s bold moves “have spurred an international debate about who owns antiquities after centuries of shifting borders.” But Turkey’s Culture Minister, Ertugrul Gunay says:  “Artifacts, just like people, animals or plants, have souls and historical memories.  When they are repatriated to their countries, the balance of nature will be restored.”  Hmm. They have souls and memories! Thus, they live?

While the looting of Iraq’s art treasures made news during the fall of Baghdad in 2003, John Roach writes in “Seven Code of HammurabiPriceless Treasures Lost to War,” that some 5,000 artifacts are returned. Yet over 15,000 remain missing, including the famous Code of Hammurabi, which dates back to 1772 B.C.

During its economic war with Germany’s European Union, Greece has also suffered plunder of its artifacts. Detective Gergios Tsoukalis tells Theopi Skarlatos of BBC News:  “There has been a rise . . . in illegal trading . . . since 2009.  We’ve tracked down ancient Greek antiquities as far away as Colombia––in the hands of drug dealers.”  Museum employees complain there are no funds for security.

In ‘Dracula Resurrected by Romanian Tourism Board,’ Benjamin Radford points out that Romania will now exploit Dracula, its most famous personage, to boost tourism:  “The Romanian [will] promote Transylvania, a region . . . associated with vampires and Dracula, as their most promising tourist destination.”

Some say it took them long enough as tourist sites everywhere now exploit horror/paranormal entertainment.  But most Romanians laud Vlad Tepes (or Dracula) as a hero who led the fight for their independence.  He may have impaled or quartered 80,000 people, but such “was common in the Middle Ages.”

As he fights a bloody and devastating war to hold onto his rule over Syria, President Bashar al-Assad of the secret Alawite sect seems undeterred about his nation’s archaeological heritage.  Is this because one of his successors will serve a different god?  As Daniel says in Bible historical books:  “But in his estate shall he honor . . . a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things (11: 38).” Such is idol worship often passing for art today!  That ‘living’ idol is coming soon for all the world to see!

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