Thomas Bruce And The Elgin Marbles

1705 WordsNov 28, 20167 Pages
Thomas Bruce and the Elgin Marbles Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin and 11th Earl of Kincardine (b.1766), was a Scottish aristocrat and diplomat who gained notoriety in the early 19th century with the controversial acquisition of a large number of Greek artworks, primarily from the Parthenon in Athens which collectively became known as the Elgin Marbles. With permission from the occupying Ottoman Empire, Thomas Bruce removed and transported the pieces between 1801 and 1805. Originally rejected by the British government, they were purchased from Lord Elgin in 1816 and now reside in the British Museum. The Marbles have been a point of contention between Greece and the United Kingdom ever since. Outraged by what they considered a theft of one of their greatest treasures, the Greek Government has spent the last 200 years attempting to repatriate the Marbles back to Athens. The burning question has always been: Who is Lord Elgin and did he really steal the Marbles from Greece or were they obtained legally? And where is their rightful place today? Lord Elgin born in Broomhall, Fife, and came into his title at the early age of just 5 years old. He received a typical education for a person of his rank and after having obtained several promotions while commissioned in the army, he was elected to the House of Lords at the age of 24, and soon thereafter was recruited into the diplomatic corps. After serving many years in the diplomatic service in Brussels, Berlin and Vienna, he
Open Document