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Uploaded on Jun 15, 2011
Former U. N. Assistant Secretary General Sotirios Mousouris holds the position of Ambassador at Large and Special Envoy of the Greek government. An expert on Greek culture and civilization, he was also Executive President of the organization that built the New Museum of the Acropolis in Athens. The museum opened in June of 2009. This episode features spectacular video of the New Museum of the Acropolis, as Mousouris describes how conservators took down treasures from the Parthenon and moved them to the museum. Turning to his time at the U.N., where he served from 1966 through 1995, Mousouris speaks of his work against apartheid and his service in Afghanistan during the early 1990s, remarking on the grievous destruction suffered by a museum in Kabul during the Afghan civil war. Mousouris shares insights into Greek culture and character and offers a thumbnail itinerary for a first-time visitor to Greece.