Cast & Crew
Clare Byam Shaw
A documentary about the controversy which has surrounded the 19th-century removal of sculpture from the Parthenon. Since 1802, when Lord Elgin, the British Ambassador in Constantinople, stripped the so-called "Elgin marbles" from the Temple of Athena on the Acropolis in Athens and sent them back to England, a controversy has raged about the rightful ownership of these stones and carvings. The documentary draws on reports of the time and a dramatic reconstruction to show the events surrounding the removal.