A photo of the Elgin Marbles, also known as the Parthenon Marbles, at the British Museum. This marble shows two men on horseback.

The Elgin Marbles, also known as the Parthenon Marbles, are on display at the British Museum in London. Negotiations are reportedly underway to return the marbles to Greece. (Image credit: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

According to media reports, the British Museum and the Greek government are talking about the return of the marbles to Greece.

The marbles were used to decorate the exterior of the Parthenon, a temple on the acropolis of Athens that was built between 343 B.C. and 432 B.C.

Britain's ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Thomas Bruce, brought the 2,500-year-old sculptures to Britain in the first 10 years of the 19th century. Although the Acropolis Museum in Greece disputes that Bruce had permission to remove the Parthenon's sculptures, Bruce was given permission by the Ottoman Sultan to investigate the Acropolis. The artifacts were sold to the British government in 1816. They are in the British Museum. Some of the sculptures are in Greece.

According to the British Museum, Greece has been requesting the return of the marbles for a long time.

The Bronze Age burial of a woman was found in Greece.

According to the Greek newspaper Ta Nea, talks between the British Museum and the Greek officials started in November of 2021, but the problem is that British law requires that artifacts in the British Museum can't be returned to Greece. An agreement that would allow the museum and Greece to share the sculptures is one of the alternatives being explored by both sides.

The British Museum could become home to a series of Greek artifacts that have never left Greece if a deal is reached.

The museum in Greece claims to be able to house the marbles. The plaster casts of the marbles are on display for the public to see.

Mind-blowing sculptures

There are sculptures in the British Museum depicting the birth of the goddess. The myth says that Metis was the daughter of Zeus. The pregnant Metis was swallowed whole by Zeus because he was afraid that he would be worse off than Athena. The Greek blacksmith god Hephaestus had to cut Zeus' head open with an ax because he was so large.

There is a marble in the British Museum that depicts a battle between centaurs, half-human and half- horse creatures, and a legendary people known as the "Lapith."