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Imperial spoils : the curious case of the Elgin Marbles

Author: Christopher Hitchens; Robert Browning; Graham Binns
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 1988. ©1987
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First American edition
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When Thomas Bruce, seventh earl of Elgin and British ambassador to the Ottoman empire, removed the Parthenon's sculptured friezes to the British Museum, he ignited a controversy that has not abated in a century and a half. Was Elgin a preservationist or an imperialist thief? Should Britain return the marbles to the Greek government? In this short, gracefully written, engaging broadside, Hitchens, a columnist for the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Hitchens; Robert Browning; Graham Binns
ISBN: 0809041898 9780809041893
OCLC Number: 17764901
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain by Chatto and Windus Ltd., 1987"--Title page verso.
Description: 137 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 26 cm
Contents: The Parthenon in history / Robert Browing --
Suggestions for further reading --
The Elgin Marbles / Christopher Hitchens --
Restoration / Graham Binns --
Appendix 1. The present location of the Parthenon Marbles --
Appendix 2. The Commons Debate 1816.
Responsibility: Christopher Hitchens, with essays by Robert Browning and Graham Binns.

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When Thomas Bruce, seventh earl of Elgin and British ambassador to the Ottoman empire, removed the Parthenon's sculptured friezes to the British Museum, he ignited a controversy that has not abated in a century and a half. Was Elgin a preservationist or an imperialist thief? Should Britain return the marbles to the Greek government? In this short, gracefully written, engaging broadside, Hitchens, a columnist for the Nation, makes a forceful case for full restitution of the sculptures. Lord Elgin, who considered keeping the marbles himself and charging admission to see them, comes off as an enterprising pirate. In a prefatory essay on the Parthenon, Browning, a classics professor at the University of London, traces the building's history as temple to Athena, makeshift Christian church, school for Greek girls, Turkish arms dump. The international effort now underway to restore the Parthenon and the Acropolis is discussed in a closing essay by Binns, who heads the British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles.

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