The Fate of the Manuscripts

William St. Clair

in Lord Elgin and the Marbles

Third edition

Published in print June 1998 | ISBN: 9780192880536
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670596 | DOI:
The Fate of the Manuscripts

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Aside from the Tweddell issue, Lord Elgin's Embassy was subject to another criticism which involved the collection which was brought back from the East by Professor Carlyle in 1801. Eleusinian Clarke and Philip Hunt exchanged thoughts regarding the issue, and Clarke indeed made a valid point since it was difficult if not impossible to acquire legally such manuscripts from Greek monasteries. The alienation of Church property was not allowed unless such activities were authorized by the Patriarch and sometimes the local bishop, and Greek monks were tasked to preserve the properties. Carlyle, although he was not able to fulfill his role of looking for ancient manuscripts, was able to produce thirty-seven ancient manuscripts which he obtained through various measures. This chapter explores what happened to the rest of the manuscripts.

Keywords: Embassy; Professor Carlyle; Philip Hunt; Eleusinian Clarke; Church property; Greek monasteries; manuscripts

Chapter.  2778 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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