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Duel: should we return the Elgin marbles?

Did Lord Elgin liberate or steal these priceless historic artefacts? Our panellists battle it out

Our panel: Vicky Pryce (left, yes) and Dominic Selwood (right, no)

 

Should we return the Elgin marbles?

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At the beginning of the 19th century, Thomas Bruce, Lord Elgin, was the British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, which occupied Greece. He entered the Parthenon in Athens and documented the sculptures, making moulds and casts. He bribed Turkish officials to allow him to engage in daily excavations before removing…

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