Athens.- Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis inaugurated on Wednesday evening an exhibition of works by famous ancient Athenian sculptor Praxiteles, at the Athens Archeological Museum.
The exhibition, which showcases 75 works by the 4th century BC sculptor, was previously held at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Karamanlis said in a brief speech that culture “is the unbreakable link between the past and the present and future, and is the only compass which society disposes in its effort to shape its course in history.”
Referring to the exhibition, the prime minister said that it “has a particular importance for all those who consider the Hellenic classical civilisation as a fundamental component of their identity.”
“Modern Greece,” Karamanlis added, ” as a natural guardian of the vast legacy of the Hellenic civilisation, understands the duty of protecting, conserving and projecting the cultural monuments as a duty towards humanity. In parallel, in a time when world society is seeking new solid balances, the Hellenic ecumenical idea of humanism can and must be put at the forefront of a common concern. And this is so because the answer to the great challenges of our times of war, poverty, deseases, terrorism and ecological crisis, mainly passes through acknowledging the dignity of the human being as a measure of every political action.”
On his part, Culture Minister George Voulgarakis said that the exhibition was a suite of the one organised last March at the Louvre Museum in Paris.