Date: 06 August 2009
Acropolis Museum Says Spat Over Christian Vandalism Resolved
Greece’s New Acropolis Museum will reinstate video scenes of early Christians vandalizing the 5th- century B.C. Parthenon Temple after receiving reassurances the images aren’t of priests, a suspicion that had sparked protests from the country’s church.
The short video, used to inform visitors about the history of the monument in the new museum, will be shown in full after film-maker Constantin Costa-Gavras clarified that the scenes showed early Christians -- and not priests -- causing damage, Museum Director Dimitris Pandermalis said in an e-mailed statement today.
The Museum pulled the scenes from the video after receiving protests from the Church of Greece, Greek media reported over the weekend. Costa-Gavras, who is known for the film “Missing,” complained about the decision and said his name should be removed were the decision to stand, according to Greek media. The Church of Greece hasn’t made any statement on the furore.
The scenes show robed figures attacking the temple’s artworks. About 90 percent of Greece’s 11 million people are baptized into the Church of Greece.
By Maria Petrakis for Bloomberg News.