Elgin Marbles Research Paper

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The Elgin Marbles Should Be Returned to Greece. The first word that came to my mind the day I choose this topic about the “Elgin marbles” was Morality. Morality is the science of human conduct, the way in which we decide what is wrong or right. Morality is an inescapable issue for all human beings. It requires that we assume responsibility for our behavior since our moral code is the product of our decision we take. Why morality? Because actions related to the Elgin Marbles or better called Parthenon Marbles have not been moral. The Elgin Marbles or The Parthenon Marbles should be returned to Greece because the Marbles were bought illegally from Greece and The British Museum is not taking care properly of the Marbles also it is wrong that…show more content…
Yes, They should return to Greece. Why the Marbles should be in Greece? There are many reasons to be in Greece, I choose three reasons: first, the Marbles were bought illegally from Greece. Second, the British Museum is not taking care of the Parthenon Marbles, and third because it is wrong to have half of the Marbles in London and half are in Greece. They all should be in the same place.As I mentioned above, I have three reasons, the first reason is: The Marbles were bought illegally from Athens, Greece. All started out when Thomas Bruce became the 7th Earl of the family Elgin (pronounced with a hard “g”) in 1771, at the age of five years old. Lord Elgin in 1795 got married and promised to his wealthy wife Mary a gorgeous mansion called the Broomhall house in Fife, Scotland as a nuptial gift and hired many people to decorate his mansion with Greek style. At the time everything Greek was the dominant idiom in decorations and architecture, this movement was called Neoclassicism. He wanted to be the envy of English nobility, and according to the noted writer Atwood, Elgin had a good reason to impress his family-in-law in order to marry their fortune to his. He was a man of some means, but not rich, he was a member of the rural nobility and after asking so many times about a promotion in society, he was promoted as Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. The timing was good. Elgin could use his title and…show more content…
During the spring-cleaning workmen from the British Museum without official authorization used copper tools to remove what they believe was dirt, but was in reality the honey-colored patina of the historical surface. This was undertaken over a period of fifteen months from 1938 to 1939. According to Cumming, Roger Hinks was the Assistant Keeper of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the British Museum from 1926 to 1939.

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"What Are the 'Elgin Marbles'?" British Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 June

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