The Elgin Affair

  • by Theodore Vrettos
  • Narrated by Gildart Jackson
  • 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This story of the Elgin marbles re-creates in full detail "the greatest art theft in history." Almost 200 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 19th-century history: Napoleon, Sultan Selim III, Lord Nelson, Lord Byron, and Keats. Drawing on original source material—letters, diaries, official government reports, and memoranda, Vrettos brilliantly brings to life these fascinating stories.


Audible Editor Reviews

Athens' historic Parthenon has survived burnings, bomb blasts, and careless tampering at the hands of invading armies, but the most substantial damage to this monument of antiquity was visited by a supposed scion of culture and civilization - the infamous British Lord of Elgin. Since the early 19th century, the Elgin Marbles - a fundamental symbol of Greek artistry and culture - have resided not in their intended home - Athens' Acropolis - but the British Museum. Sophisticated performer Gildart Jackson captures the outrage and entitlement of the clashing cultures behind this controversial art heist. Jackson's extensive experience in film and television is evident as he lends a distinct voice to each character in this historic cast, including Lord Byron, John Keats, and Napoleon Bonaparte.


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This is an easy-to-read and very interesting account of how the Parthenon Marbles came to be in the British Museum. It also details the controversy which has surrounded their removal from the time it was happening until more recent times. If you don't know anything about Elgin other than his association with the Marbles, his tragic life makes the book worth reading too. Poor Lady Elgin's life which started out so well was also marred by much sadness. Gildart Jackson does a fine job of narration - he has a wonderful voice and he does a pretty good job with the many foreign words and names (although his mispronunciation of Elgin as Eljin a couple of times is a letdown).
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- Robyn "Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-28-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios