Thomas Elgin, Britain’s ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, managed to remove most extant statues of the Parthenon, a Caryatid, a few pieces from Erectheion, and several precious works of ancient art. These objects (253 in number) were stolen between 1799 and 1802 and sent to England. Nowadays, they are in a room of the British Museum. Various great men, like Lord Byron, have often disapproved of that theft and/or demanded that the British government should return to Greece everything Elgin and his co-operators stole, but to no effect so far.
Note: The above information was collected by George Selimes and Catherine Tzidemopoulou, pupils of C2 class, Ano Come Secondary School, in April 2000.
The Parthenon marbles
The fruits of a theft