Elgin Marbles

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The Elgin marbles (so-called after the British aristocrat, James Bruce, Lord Elgin who removed them from Athens to London), is a collection of hundreds of pieces of ancient Greek sculptures and architectural pieces taken from the Parthenon, which sits on (Details)
The marbles include friezes, pediment sculptures, and fragments of statues as well as columns, capitals, blocks of wall and a caryatid (a figure supporting the beam running along at the top of columns) from the Erechtheum, a temple of Athena. (Details)
For the last sixty years controversy has surrounded the marbles, as the Greek government has repeatedly demanded their return. (Details)
 

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