Classics for All, a charity that many of us know and appreciate for its work in schools, has launched a new initiative. An auction of antiquities, among other things, to raise funds:
There are even two professors in archaeological related subjects joining the auction (lot 33 and 41).
I would like to express my personal dismay for the many ethical issues surrounding the antiquities market and the troubling involvement of academia with it; not to mention the vague provenance provided for the pieces on sale. This initiative seems to me to go against the goal of making our disciplines more inclusive and ethical. The idea of auctioning ancient objects, which had been subtracted (legally or not) to subaltern countries, to foster Classics makes me cringe.
This auction goes against the work many (but clearly not all) of us are patiently doing in teaching and research: we try to…
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