March 17, 2005

Obelisk return

NPR : Italy Set to Return Seized Obelisk to Ethiopia

After over a half century in Italian hands (following the war in 1938), Italy announced that it is returning an Ethiopian obelisk seized by Mussolini and erected in Rome. The obelisk, which dates back to the 4th century AD, will be returned to the city of Axum.

This was a clear pillage of the country by Mussolini, and the return is definitely applauded.I admit that its easier to return something like this, than, say, the Elgin Marbles, where the ethics and the rights are muddier.

Posted by Jvstin at March 17, 2005 7:17 AM