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.
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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