7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Fine overview with beautiful photos of the Elgin Marbles,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Elgin Marbles (Introductory Guides) (Paperback)
I thought this a fine keepsake of the British Museum's pride and joy, the Elgin Marbles. The photographs, drawings and sketches are wonderful (if you know only the first edition, this second edition has more photos). The whole history of the Marbles' rescue is gone into, how Elgin saw the Parthenon sculptures being pulled down and burnt for lime, or being ground up in huge pestles to be used for building mortar, and the trying efforts he went through to save them, eventually getting them back to England where they are safe. I've been visiting the Marbles since the 1960s and when looking at their breathtaking beauty I never fail to appreciate Elgin's effort, because without it we wouldn't have the sculptures at all. This book, through text and photographs will make you want to go see them if you haven't already, while the story of their preservation is one of the great rescue operations in modern history.