7th Earl of Elgin

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  • The Parthenon Marbles

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    dedicated to the Greek Goddess of wisdom, Athena, the Parthenon has held the most important sculptures made by the Greeks. During the 1800s, when Greece was under the control of the Ottomans, sculptures from the Parthenon were sent to Britain by Lord Elgin for safe protection. The Parthenon Marbles have since then never been returned to the Greeks. The sculptures, currently housed in the British Museum in London, should be returned to their homeland because they are part of Greece’s culture, they have

  • The Marbles And The Parthenon

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    of justice, freedom and artistic excellence. One of the most well-known artifacts that were once on the Parthenon 's exterior were the Elgin Marbles. These sacred marbles were crafted by the well-regarded Phidias, consisting of an extensive amount of Greek ideologies and exceptional artistic impressions. The Elgin marbles were taken from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin and brought to Britain. Hundreds of years later, the Greeks claim these marbles were once their prized possession, and demand the return

  • Parthenon Marbles Essay

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    on the Subject of the Elgin Marbles Dear Mr Stephen Fry, I am writing to you in response to your recent Intelligence Squared debate on the subject of the Parthenon Marbles. As we are all aware, the Parthenon bears immeasurable cultural importance as a surviving example of Classical architecture in the modern world. The structure also bears many artefacts, including friezes depicting significant historical events such as the occurrences at the Battle of Marathon. The ‘Elgin Marbles’, which were

  • Legal Ownership of the Parthenon Marbles Essay

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    Parthenon Marbles The controversy began almost one hundred years ago. Between 1801 and 1812, Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin and British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, removed several sculptures from the Parthenon in Athens and shipped them to England, where he sold them to the British Museum in 1816. 167 years later, Melina Mercouri, Greek Minister of Culture, requested that the “Elgin” Marbles be returned. This request sparked one of the greatest debates the art world has ever known. For

  • The Parthenon Sculptures Should Be Returned to Greece

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    world as well. I can see the counter arguments that this controversy issue involves. However, regardless of whether they were in a horrible condition, the Greeks were never consulted, nor did they have a say regarding the selling of this artwork to Elgin. Now, when it comes to everyone claiming and demanding they receive their ancient artwork, like historian Hunt said; this is true. It can happen, but I don't believe that any other artifacts have the amount of significance that these sculptures do

  • Essay on Who Owns The Elgin Marbles Precis

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    the Elgin Marbles?” – The Précis “Who Owns the Elgin Marbles?” this question continues to linger in some minds today, and just so happens to be reviewed in the respectfully titled article written by John Henry Merryman in 1986. In this article, Merryman, in the most unbiased way possible, assesses both Britain’s and Greece’s side of the argument pertaining to the ownership of the Elgin Marbles and whether they should be returned to Greece after being removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin in

  • Thomas Bruce And The Elgin Marbles

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    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 Elgin Marbles : The Creation Of The Parthenon

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    The Elgin marbles are a collection of Classical Greek marble sculptures made under the supervision of the architect and sculptor Phidias and his assistants as part of the Parthenon. Constructed around 2500 years ago as a temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena. Athena, who became the city's patron goddess after a contest with Poseidon. The two gods competed for who would get the honor of becoming the patron god of the city and offered gifts to the Athenians. Poseidon hit the ground with his

  • Pros And Cons Of Museum Repatriation Controversy

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    Museum Repatriation Controversy Museums are in a showdown with other countries over art, artifacts, and even culture. They are fighting over repatriation,the return of artifacts and other antiquities. One expert explains, “There are those in favor of repatriation who say it is unethical to keep these artifacts. Others contend that such artifacts should remain in museums because they are part of a universal human history”(Art and Cultural Repatriation). Having better more fair laws on cultural property

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