THE RIVER GOD ILISSOS

From the West Pediment Parthenon, Acropolis, Athens 437-432 B.C. British Museum, London This supple figure from the northwest corner of the west pediment represents the god of the river Ilissos which flows through the Attica plains. These are all part of that fine collection of sculptured marbles referred to as the Elgin Marbles. They were "collected" by Lord Elgin to preserve them from the heathen. Although there have been years of negotiations between Greece and England, their return has still not been resolved.

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