The Ottomans and the Parthenon

Mark Mazower

Mark Mazower reviews Who Saved the Parthenon? by William St Clair, in the Times Literary Supplement.

Who Saved the Parthenon? looks not so much at the marbles in London as at the temple they were taken from, and at the larger story of the Acropolis and its place in modern European culture. At the core of the book is an interesting question: given the scale of the destruction wrought during the Greek struggle for independence, a struggle which reduced many towns to rubble and left most of Athens devastated, how can we explain the lack of injury suffered by the great monuments of antiquity in the city?”

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