Elgin Marbles

A collection of ancient bas-reliefs and statutes made by Lord Elgin, and sent to England in 1812. They are chiefly fragments of the Parthenon at Athens, and were purchased by the British Government for £35,000, to be placed in the British Museum (1816). (Elgin pronounced `gin,' as in begin.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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