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The Elgin Affair: The Abduction of Antiquity's Greatest Treasures and the Passions It Aroused #2020

The Elgin Affair The Abduction of Antiquity s Greatest Treasures and the Passions It Aroused Every year millions visit London s British Museum to gaze upon the breathtaking Greek statues that were the jewels of the Parthenon What they don t know is that behind the cold beauty of the Elgin Ma

  • Title: The Elgin Affair: The Abduction of Antiquity's Greatest Treasures and the Passions It Aroused
  • Author: Theodore Vrettos
  • ISBN: 9781559703864
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Elgin Affair: The Abduction of Antiquity's Greatest Treasures and the Passions It Aroused By Theodore Vrettos, Every year, millions visit London s British Museum to gaze upon the breathtaking Greek statues that were the jewels of the Parthenon What they don t know is that behind the cold beauty of the Elgin Marbles named for the nineteenth century English aristocrat who carried them off is a steamy tale of intrigue, adultery, and ruin In The Elgin Affair, Theodore Vrettos has rEvery year, millions visit London s British Museum to gaze upon the breathtaking Greek statues that were the jewels of the Parthenon What they don t know is that behind the cold beauty of the Elgin Marbles named for the nineteenth century English aristocrat who carried them off is a steamy tale of intrigue, adultery, and ruin In The Elgin Affair, Theodore Vrettos has recreated in colorful detail the full, scandalous story behind the abduction of one of the world s great treasures The cast includes Lord and Lady Elgin, Napoleon who desperately wanted the marbles for the Louvre , the Turkish Sultan, Lord Byron, Keats, Lord Nelson, and the stunning beauty of the time, Lady Hamilton Drawing on original source material letters, diaries, official reports, memoranda, and divorce proceedings Vrettos brings to life a fascinating slice of history Rounding out the story of the marbles, the author concludes with the latest battles between the Greek and English governments over the rightful ownership of these priceless pieces.

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    1 thought on “The Elgin Affair: The Abduction of Antiquity's Greatest Treasures and the Passions It Aroused

    1. I had to give up on this book There are just too many good books out there waiting to be read And, actually, I got to the point that I would rather read the article about the Elgin marbles than continue reading this book any longer This should be a fascinating, engrossing story There is international intrigue, political backstabbing, Istanbul, beautiful women disguised as men, and at least two scandalous adulterous affairs And Vrettos manages to make it so dull I didn t even want to continue rea [...]

    2. A clear and thorough account of how Lord Elgin acquired the marbles and what happened next My only criticism is that Vrettos tends to dwell on those aspects of the story for which he has written sources there was no need for a full transcript of the divorce trial, for instance and skate over other aspects But well worth a read.

    3. Very readable, sometimes quite gossipy, story of Lord Elgin, British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire A lover of classical art, Elgin financed the removal of the Parthenon reliefs for the British Museum in part because Napoleonic France also wanted them for the Louvre Very quick read The author clearly is looking forward to the return of these to Greece.

    4. Interesting book about an unknown fact well for me at least , the pillage of the Acropolis from a Scottish Lord who happened to be Ambassador for Britain in Turkey Most of the book seems to be based on correspondences from Lady Elgin, the diplomat s wife, who in turn was not exactly devoid of hidden secrets Enjoyed reading it, not mind blowingly so, but pleasant read.

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