The Elgin Affair: The True Story of the Greatest Theft in History

The Elgin Affair: The True Story of the Greatest Theft in History

by Theodore Vrettos
     
 

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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

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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 material—letters, diaries, official government reports, and memoranda, Vrettos brilliantly brings to life these fascinating stories.

Editorial Reviews

The Los Angeles Times
“Vrettos shows understanding for Elgin's achievements and the outrage they produced.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611453157
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Theodore Vrettos is the author of several books of fiction and non-fiction, including two earlier works on the Elgin marbles: A Shadow of Magnitude and Lord Elgin’s Lady. He lives in Peabody, Massachusetts.

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