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THE ELGIN MARBLES Dr Stephen Kershaw Thursday 13 September 2018

It is some 200 years since the purchase of the so-called 'Elgin Marbles' from Lord Elgin, by the British Parliament. Dr Kershaw will explore the aesthetics, the back-story, and the heated debates surrounding these controversial works of Ancient Greek art:

What do we mean by the ‘Elgin Marbles'?

Why are they so highly regarded?

Why are they now in the British Museum?

And why are there such passionately held views both for and against their repatriation to Greece?

As a Classics Tutor for Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education, Professor of History of Art for the European Studies Programme of Rhodes College and The University of the South, Dr Kershaw has spent much of the last thirty years travelling extensively in the world of the Greeks and Romans, both physically and intellectually. He has published a number of books on these civilizations.