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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See marble.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a collection of classical Greek marble sculptures and fragments of architecture created by Phidias; chiefly from the Parthenon in Athens
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Well, everyone knew how Elgin's guvnor had stripped half Greece of statuary; even then Elgin Marbles was a slogan of outrage among Hellenic enthusiasts.