A-Z: General definitions: Elgin Marbles


A collection of classical Greek marble sculptures by the Greek sculpture Phidius, taken from the Parthenon and other ancient monuments in Athens.  Some of these surviving sculptures were removed  from the site by the British Earl of Elgin in the early nineteenth century in order to conserve them.  The 'Elgin Marbles' are currently on display in the British Museum in London and Greece continues to strive for their return.

Elgin marbles section of frieze, image available through Creative Commons


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