The Elgin Affair

by Theodore Vrettos (Author)
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Almost two hundred years after they were purchased? from Greece, the finest and most famous marbles of antiquity still remain a burning issue. This compelling, controversial story of the Elgin marbles re-creates in full and colorful detail the greatest art theft in history,? a steamy tale of obsession, intrigue, adultery, and ruin. As the British ambassador to the Sublime Porte in Constantinople, Lord Elgin encountered in his endeavors some of the most famous names of nineteenth-century history: Napoleon, Sultan Selim III, Lord Nelson, Lord Byron, and Keats. Drawing on original source materialletters, diaries, official government reports, and memoranda, Vrettos brilliantly brings to life these fascinating stories.

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Publication date
October 01, 2011
Publisher
Page count
256
ISBN
9781628721805
Paper ISBN
9781611453157
File size
4 MB