from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See marble.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • Greek sculptures in the British Museum. They were obtained at Athens, about 1811, by Lord Elgin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a collection of classical Greek marble sculptures and fragments of architecture created by Phidias; chiefly from the Parthenon in Athens


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  • It's not polite to call the Elgin Marbles the Elgin Marbles anymore.

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  • The Parthenon, crowning like a perfect capital of human art the summit of Nature's rough workmanship in the Acropolis, was built of this marble; and the immortal sculpture of Pheidias on the metopes, the frieze of the cella, and the tympana of the pediments of the temple, known as the Elgin Marbles, were carved out of a material worthy of their incomparable beauty.

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  • But the piece reads like little more than a curious layman's write-up of some casual travel and research. profile of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N. Y., is a study in quiet but outsized ambition. report on the tussle between the British Museum and Greece over the ancient Greek sculptures and reliefs known as the Elgin Marbles reaches just the right conclusion: "The marbles, really, belong to everyone."

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  • The friezes, also known as the Elgin Marbles, were removed from atop the Acropolis by Elgin, who was Britain's ambassador to the Ottoman Empire at the time.

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  • It was to be perfect in every limb, healthy, and without blemish. "—" Elgin Marbles, "vol.i. p. 78. 93 — _Idomeneus, _ son of Deucalion, was king of Crete.

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  • Phidias, or whether Phidias had been carried thither to contemplate the god. "—" Elgin Marbles, "vol. xii p. 124.

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  • His crusade to restore artifacts to Egypt is being overtaken by events, much as the Greek campaign to get the Elgin Marbles back has been affected by the 2010 economic riots in Athens.

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  • As well as expressing shock at the arrest, Ely described the Iraqi authorities' claim to be rightful owners of the bronze as "like the Elgin Marbles with attitude".

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  • • 65-67 Queen's Gate SW7, +44 020-3318 1407,, from £22.50ppSo close to the British Museum guests can almost reach out and touch the Elgin Marbles, the Astor Museum Inn is based in one of those lovely old city mansions so undisturbed by the passing years one almost expects Beau Brummell to emerge at any moment.

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  • Should the Elgin Marbles be returned to Athens from London's British Museum, where they have resided since the early 19th century?

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