Yours, Mine, and Ours: The Elgin Marbles and the Power of One Word

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The Parthenon

The artistry is exquisite; the detailing impressive.  Built from 447 B.C. to 432 B.C. when such a building was truly a monument to the creativity and abilities of the Greeks, the Parthenon’s beauty has survived generations and centuries to remind the world of the power of human ingenuity.  Carefully built upon a solid foundation of limestone and painstakingly elaborated with carvings of Pentelic Marble, the Parthenon has 46 separate columns surrounding the building. Above those columns, dozens of detailed marble plaques were embedded in the roof (1).  It is these plaques that have been the center of so much debate in recent years (1).  You can actually still see in the photo below the places where these embedded marbles used to be.

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