Parthenon Porn: Pentelics pt2

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Pawn off pieces of the Parthenon. Sell. Debt. Service the Austerity. Would London or Frankfurt want to buy the ‘Complete Parthenon Frieze’? A spurious case could be made for just such a rendering of the aesthetic principle – of experiencing the frieze whole, somewhere, at least! Would this do?

Is there any less claim by Athens for the marbles return, as Greece depresses? Surely there is a part of our collective polity where this is this still important. Now there are added battles, yet, in the interest of economic ‘Reality’, I have a suggestion….

…maybe there are hedge funds who could buy pieces of the frieze, then rent them back to the Greeks, who could finally put them together in situ at the Parthenon Museum Athens. Plaques can be placed under each piece in the procession, announcing their benefactors: “BP for Zeus”, “The Lapiths by Hewlwtt-Packard” – extraxt the value. Not just a diffuse tourist trickle-down dollar or romantic ideal, but engage in rent; to become Rentiers.

Additionally, ‘naming rights’ could be given, (as is given for sports stadia), say, “The IMFthenon”, and “Coke Caryatids”

Indeed, the whole parthenon can be made into CDS’s, (those exemplary pieces of toxic financial engineering), parcelled into different values, insured and leveraged separately, then re-traded. One can imagine it performing on a stock exchange somewhere…

…it’s just a thought.

(first published  Friday, 13 April 2012)

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