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Sculptures by Phidias: Parthenon, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Athena Parthenos, Elgin Marbles, Parthenon Frieze, Athena Promachos

Sculptures by Phidias: Parthenon, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Athena Parthenos, Elgin Marbles, Parthenon Frieze, Athena Promachos

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Chapters: Parthenon, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Athena Parthenos, Elgin Marbles, Parthenon Frieze, Athena Promachos, Lemnian Athena, Hermes Ludovisi. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 75. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: The Elgin Marbles, known also as the Parthenon Marbles, are a collection of classical Greek marble sculptures, inscriptions and architectural members that originally were part of the Parthenon and other buildings on the Acropolis of Athens. Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 17991803, had obtained a controversial permission from the Ottoman authorities to remove pieces from the Acropolis. There is controversy as to whether the removed pieces were purchased from the ruling government of the time or not. From 1801 to 1812 Elgin's agents removed about half of the surviving sculptures of the Parthenon, as well as architectural members and sculpture from the Propylaea and Erechtheum. The Marbles were transported by sea to Britain. In Britain, the acquisition of the collection was supported by some, while many critics compared Elgin's actions to vandalism or looting. Following a public debate in Parliament and subsequent exoneration of Elgin's actions, the marbles were purchased by the British Government in 1816 and placed on display in the British Museum, where they stand now on view in the purpose-built Duveen Gallery. The legality of the removal has been questioned and the debate continues as to whether the Marbles should remain in the British Museum or be returned to Athens. Parthenon Selene Horse Metope from the Elgin marbles depicting a Centaur and a Lapith fighting In December of 1798, Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, was appointed as "Ambassador Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of His Britannic Majesty to t...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=173395