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    Qatar Cover-up for Ancient Greek Statues that were 'Too Nude'

    Doha authorities ordered cover-up of statues' male genitalia at Olympia exhibition sponsored by Greek government


    A tourist takes photographs of a statue of Poseidon in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. Two statues were pulled from an exhibition in Qatar (Reuters)
    Greece's ministry of culture has pulled two ancient statues from an exhibition in Qatar over a row about nudity.

    The classical statues depicting two naked men were part of a consignment of hundreds of masterpieces shipped to the Arabic state in March for an exhibition entitled Olympia: Myth - Cult - Games, sponsored by the Greek government.

    Senior officials of the Qatari government reportedly turned up their noses when they spotted amid the 600 ancient exhibits a classical Greek youth and a Roman-era copy of an athlete unclothed.

    "Organisers in Qatar wanted to cover up the statues' members with black cloth," a Greek culture ministry source said.

    Greece's junior minister for culture, Costas Tzavaras, who had travelled to Qatar for the opening of the exhibition at the Alriwaq space in the capital of Doha,responded angrily to the censorship demand.

    He reportedly told museum officials that the statues had to be displayed in their original form or not at all.

    "So they were never put on display, they went back into storage and returned," the source said. "The statues have already returned to Greece."

    The exhibition is still on in Doha and includes numerous other nudes form Greece's National Archaeological Museum, the Numismatic Museum and the Museum of Olympia. It is not clear why, museum officials were upset by just the two figures at the centre of the row. At the ancient Olympic Games, athletes usually competed nude.

    "Explore the sanctuary of Olympia, its role in ancient Greece, find out about Greek culture and the festival held in Olympia and discover the spirit of the Ancient Games," reads the exhibition introduction on the Qatari museum authority website.

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    Islam's pre-medieval values and logic are utterly astounding.

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    Maybe Withnall can provide some consultancy assistance on the most aesthetically pleasing cover-up method to be employed!


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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    It is not clear why, museum officials were upset by just the two figures at the centre of the row. At the ancient Olympic Games, athletes usually competed nude.
    Penis envy.

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    Ever been to the Vatican?



    One or two of the popes of old went around and chipped off the penises of statues with a hammer. The fig leaves were put there later.

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    They were as twisted as the ragheads are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENT View Post
    They were as twisted as the ragheads are.
    They still are.

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    This is more of an art-form relative to the arab world, no nudity here guys





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    I think it's funny that the Greeks took the Qataris seriously in the first place that they really gave a shit about Greek/Western/historic artwork or culture in the first place. Frankly, they're just trying to show off and one-up their Arab neighbors while they still have petroleum wealth, angling for prestige in any crass an unprecedented (see: FIFA World Cup) manner they can. That's the long and the short of it. Greeks should've yanked the whole exhibit.

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    Agreed.

    As a Muslim (Egyptian) friend of mine said once, "Arabs are hypocrites."

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