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Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon Escalates Efforts to Obtain the Parthenon Marbles, Arresting Lord Elgin's Agent in the Acquisition of Those Antiquities and Many Others We have never seen another letter of Napoleon relating to his quest to acquire classical antiquities
08/05/1804. Napoleon Bonaparte The hunt for antiquities by Napoleon was intense and worldwide. At one point, Napoleon held the jewels of the Egyptian Empire, symbolized by the discovery of the Rosetta Stone. But works of art were for him trophies of his conquests and he sought to bring these global treasures to the Louvre.There is one treasure that Napoleon tried to get but did not: the Elgin Marbles, the great sculptures that adorned the Parthenon. There were a large collection of Classical Greek marble sculptures made under the supervision of the architect and sculptor Phidias and his assistants in Ancient Greece. From 1801 to 1812, agents of Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin removed about half of the surviving sculptures of the Parthenon, as well as sculptures from the Propylaea and Erechtheum. The Marbles were transported by sea to Britain. The ongoing war between Britain and France interrupted and challenged the transport of these antiques.When the French and Turks (who had power in Greece) became friends again it became important for the British to get the Parthenon marbles out of Greece as quickly as possible. Lord Elgin tried to buy a big ship but was unsuccessful and even though he was able to hire several smaller ones the crates were piling up faster then they could export them. To add to his problems his own ship, the HMS Mentor with seventeen cases on board, including some of the finest sections from the Parthenon freize, sank in a storm at the entrance to the harbor of Kythera. With fifty cases still in Piraeus it seemed like half of Elgin's treasure would have … [Click Below for Full Description]
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