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Lord Elgin and the Marbles

William St. Clair

Third edition

Published in print June 1998 | ISBN: 9780192880536
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670596 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192880536.001.0001
Lord Elgin and the Marbles

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Ever since the sculptures from the Parthenon arrived in England at the beginning of the last century, they have caused controversy. Based on a study of both original records and recent discoveries, this book is a historical account of the extraordinary circumstances in which the Elgin Marbles were acquired, of the tremendous impact which they made on modern appreciation of Greek art, and of the bitter reaction of Napoleon, Byron, and many others to their appropriation. In the last chapters of this third edition, the text now adds further fuel to the controversy by revealing for the first time some disturbing details about the treatment of the Marbles while in the British Museum's care, and of the British Museum's response to public concerns about this important cultural artefact.

Keywords: sculptures; Parthenon; Elgin Marbles; Greek art; British Museum

Book.  434 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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In Search of Ancient Manuscripts in Lord Elgin and the Marbles

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