Art: Elgin Marbles

Through the London Times came an appeal from Alexandros Philadelphus, onetime "director of the Acropolis and ephorus of the antiquities of Attica," addressed to Great Britain. It read: "As you know, our grand national monument, the great temple of the Goddess Athena, the immortal Parthenon, was deprived more than a century ago of its ornaments, those superb sculptures which constitute the invaluable treasure in your great national museum.

"The usurper of those jewels, Lord Elgin, was not content with many masterpieces alone, but tore away and transported to England one of the six...

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