[ el-gin, -jin ]
/ ˈɛl gɪn, -dʒɪn /
a group of Greek sculptures of the 5th century b.c., originally on the Parthenon in Athens, and supposedly sculptured under the direction of Phidias: presently in the British Museum in London.
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Origin of Elgin marbles
after Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin (1766–1841), who arranged for their removal from Athens
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British Dictionary definitions for elgin marbles
a group of 5th-century bc Greek sculptures originally decorating the Parthenon in Athens, brought to England by Thomas Bruce, seventh Earl of Elgin (1766–1841), and now at the British Museum
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