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The Xanthian Marbles: Their Acquisition, And Transmission To England (Cambridge Library Collection - Archaeology)

The Xanthian Marbles: Their Acquisition, And Transmission To England (Cambridge Library Collection - Archaeology)

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Charles Fellows
Cambridge University Press, 2/18/2015
EAN 9781108080675, ISBN10: 1108080677

Paperback, 56 pages, 21.6 x 14 x 0.4 cm
Language: English

The traveller and archaeologist Sir Charles Fellows (1799–1860) made several trips through Asia Minor. His careful observations of ancient cities that were at that time unknown to Europeans captured the attention of readers of his published journals and fuelled the British Museum's desire to acquire antiquities from the region. This brief work, first published in 1843, seeks to explain and justify how Fellows shipped dozens of cases of sculptures and architectural remains to Malta from Xanthos, an important city in ancient Lycia. It includes correspondence relating to the practicalities of carrying out the expedition and securing permission to do so from the Ottoman authorities. Fellows was later knighted for his role in these acquisitions, though controversy surrounds their removal. His well-illustrated accounts of his two previous trips to Asia Minor are also reissued in this series.

The Xanthian marbles.