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by Theodore Vrettos

Physical description; xvi, 238 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm. Subject; Elgin, Thomas Bruce Earl of 1766-1841 - Ethics.
Download The Elgin Affair epub
ISBN: 0436204622
ISBN13: 978-0436204623
Category: No category
Author: Theodore Vrettos
Language: English
Publisher: Secker & Warburg; First Edition edition (October 16, 1997)
Pages: 238 pages
ePUB size: 1617 kb
FB2 size: 1983 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 776
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Written by my college professor. An intriguing book, well written.
It is obvious from even a cursory read of this book that Theodore Vrettos did an incredible amount of research. Fortunately for the reader, the story does not suffer from overindulgence in mere historical fact, as there are plenty of extremely personal anecdotes which keep the story moving at an even pace.
It is amazing that Elgin (barely) made it through this escapade alive, and more so that he didn't make a dime from "acquiring" antiquities from ancient cultures which, in his opinion, could neither appreciate nor adequately tend to these treasures. That the battle to possess the marbles continues to this day is testament to the passions of the people involved.
My one complaint with the book as a whole was the last chapter, entitled "The Trial." Don't let it fool you, Elgin wasn't brought to trial for theft, as he should have been. The trial in question is that of his wife's lover, on trial for adultery. I found the inclusion of this rather! lengthy chapter not pertinent to the story of the marbles; it would've ended the book just as well to merely point out the financial losses Elgin suffered without the detail of the trial. Otherwise, this is well written and an educational read.