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Lord Elgin and the Marbles$
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William St. Clair

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780192880536

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192880536.001.0001

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The Question of Return

The Question of Return

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(p.332) 26 The Question of Return
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Lord Elgin and the Marbles
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William St. Clair

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192880536.003.0026

While Greece was still considered to be a part of the Ottoman Empire and until the country was able to achieve independence, returning the sculptures of the Parthenon to Athens would be pointless since the Ottoman authorities did not gave any value to these works, let alone provide these sculptures with the necessary protection. Although the Turks were in Greece by the power of force, theirs was a legitimate government which was internationally recognized and accepted. When independence was achieved, however, the Greeks perceived that the statues had been stolen by a foreign ambassador. It is important to note, however, that many view Lord Elgin's efforts as a rescue instead of merely stealing. The Greek government asked that the originals be returned to the Parthenon. This chapter looks into both sides of the argument, whether or not the sculptures were to be returned, or whether these would remain safer in London.

Keywords:   Greece, Ottoman Empire, Parthenon, sculptures, legitimate government, Greek government, London, return

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