Elgin marbles

Elgin marbles

[el-gin, -jin]
noun
a group of Greek sculptures of the 5th century b.c., originally on the Parthenon in Athens, and supposedly sculptured under the direction of Phidias: presently in the British Museum in London.

Origin:
after Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin (1766–1841), who arranged for their removal from Athens

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Elgin marbles
 
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a group of 5th-century bc Greek sculptures originally decorating the Parthenon in Athens, brought to England by Thomas Bruce, seventh Earl of Elgin (1766--1841), and now at the British Museum

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Elgin Marbles
1809, sculptures and marbles (especially from the frieze of the Parthenon) brought to England and sold to the British government by Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin (1766-1841).
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