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Elgin marbles


plural noun

  1. 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

Example Sentences Including 'Elgin marbles'

Any day now, Brussels will get a ransom note demanding one million sheep, five tons of disposable razors and the Elgin marbles.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
EMERSON TURNS to the Elgin marbles for inspiration in this rollicking romantic thriller.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
`If they can't house objects properly in museums, why don't they give back the Elgin marbles ?
De Jong, Nicholas (ed) Bedside Guardian 38


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