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If you are interested in reading more on the subject of the Parthenon (Elgin) Marbles, we highly recommend the following books:


The Universal Museum: A valid model for the 21st century? 

by Tom Flynn, 2012

The Universal Museum    The concept of the Universal Museum is at the heart of current debates about cultural property. Art historian Dr Tom Flynn has written a brief history of the concept of the Universal Museum, tracing its roots back to the European Enlightenment. His essay questions the viability of these vast collections in an increasingly 'globalised' world. Many universal museums are struggling to respond to developing nations seeking to recover the material evidence of their past, much of which was appropriated during the imperial age. The case of the Parthenon Marbles is examined in detail. To buy a copy email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit


The Parthenon Marbles: The case for the Reunification, Christopher Hitchens, 2008

Controversial and well known author Christopher Hitchen's book is one of the most complete single tomes on the subject. It is thorough, well researched and cleverly argued, recounting the history of these precious sculptures and making the case for their return to Greece. It aims to draw out the artistic, moral, legal and political perspectives of the argument.

Don't miss the  latest edition of this book 'The Parthenon Marbles, the Case for Reunification'. This third edition  is dedicated to architect James Cubitt and opens with a new and powerful preface by Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer. Christopher Hitchens has also added a thought provoking introduction. The third edition was launched in  in May 2008, in London. This was organised by the BCRPM at Chatham House.

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LORD ELGIN AND THE MARBLES, William St Clair, 1998

Based on a detailed study of both original records and recent discoveries, this text offers an historical account of the extraordinary circumstances in which the Elgin Marbles were acquired, of the tremendous impact which they made on modern appreciation of Greek art, and of the bitter reaction of Napoleon, Byron, and many others. Further, it is widely accepted as the definitive work on 'the cleaning' of the Marbles. William St. Clair is a fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge."

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The Return of Cultural Treasures, DR Jeanetter Greenfield, 2007 (3rd Ed.)

In this important and pioneering work, Jeanette Greenfield analyses and discusses the historical, legal and political issues surrounding a wide cross-section of cases. This second edition brings the story up to date, with new material on art treasures and museums in Russia after the break-up of the Soviet Union, the claims to the Vatican of the Hebrew Manuscripts, and the saga of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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Thinking about the Elgin Marbles, John Merryman, 2000

This book begins with a critical re-examination of the rival Greek and British claims to the Elgin Marbles. The case study identifies the questions that still dominate the growing international debate about cultural property policy and are explored in subsequent essays. The author examines in particular the law and policy relating to cultural property export controls and the evolution and development of the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on the Return of Stolen and Illegally Exported Cultural Property.

This book does not support the aims of the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles. However, we feel it is important to provide a counter view.

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