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Further homage to the Elgin Marbles of the British Museum, London, England - 6th July 2002 - 1 of 1

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Elgin Marbles Elgin Marbles

  • Elgin Marbles
  • Elgin Marbles

The Lapith is rolled backwards over a water-jar. The Lapith is rolled backwards over a water-jar.

  • The Lapith is rolled backwards over a water-jar. The upper part of the relief is restored. The heads of both figures are in Athens. South Metope IX

Lapith and centaur wrestle at close quarters Lapith and centaur wrestle at close quarters

  • Lapith and centaur wrestle at close quarters, the Lapith's foot resting on a strange tangle of folds. The upper part of the relief was destroyed in the explosion of 1687 and is restored. South Metope VIII

The Lapith lunges at the centaur with his left hand while preparing to strike with his right The Lapith lunges at the centaur with his left hand while preparing to strike with his right

  • The Lapith lunges at the centaur with his left hand while preparing to strike with his right. The heads of both figures are in Athens. South Metope VII.

A young Lapith is embraced by a centaur. A young Lapith is embraced by a centaur.

  • A young Lapith is embraced by a centaur. The Lapith's missing right arm is brought up to resist the monster's advances, but overall action is less violent here than in other metopes. The Lapith's head is in Athens. The upper part of the relief is restored. The metope was once in the collection of Count Choiseul Gouffier, French ambassador to Turkey. South Metope VI

This figure was drawn by Carrey (see lectern) holding two children. This figure was drawn by Carrey (see lectern) holding two children.

  • This figure was drawn by Carrey (see lectern) holding two children. She is probably Oreithyia with the twins Kalais and Zetes, sons of Boreas, god of the north wind. The torso of one son (figure P) is displayed in a showcase in an adjoining room. West Pediment Q.

Amphitrite, consort of Poseidon, served as his charioteer. Amphitrite, consort of Poseidon, served as his charioteer.

  • Amphitrite, consort of Poseidon, served as his charioteer. As a sea deity, she was shown with a serpent. One of Amphitrite's arms is shown in a showcase in an adjoining room. West Pediment O.

Iris is a messenger god and corresponds with Hermes in the left half of  the pediment. Iris is a messenger god and corresponds with Hermes in the left half of  the pediment.

  • Iris is a messenger god and corresponds with Hermes in the left half of the pediment. She was winged, and her drapery was carved to suggest the rush of wind against her body during flight. West Pediment N.

Poseidon, god of the sea, was placed just right of centre as Athena's opponent. Poseidon, god of the sea, was placed just right of centre as Athena's opponent.

  • Poseidon, god of the sea, was placed just right of centre as Athena's opponent. A fragment of his powerful torso is in Athens. West Pediment M.

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  • Athena was shown springing away from the centre of the composition. She wears her aegis, a goatskin garment with a fringe of snakes. A fragment of her helmeted head is in Athens. West Pediment L.

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  • This figure is thought to represent Hermes, a messenger god who has conducted Athena's chariot to the Acropolis. The feet of Hermes are displayed separately in a showcase in the adjoining gallery. West Pediment H.

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  • A naked youth reclines in a pose well suited to the corner angle of the pediment. His languid form is thought to portray one of the rivers of Athens, perhaps the Ilissos. West Pediment A.

This Lapith was rendered in such  high relief that the carving has broken free and is now lost. This Lapith was rendered in such  high relief that the carving has broken free and is now lost.

  • This Lapith was rendered in such high relief that the carving has broken free and is now lost. A drawing by Jacques Carrey (1674) shows the missing Lapith, who attempts to escape the centaur's grasp, warding the monster off with his right arm. The centaur's head is in Wurtzburg. South Metope V.

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  • The centaur brings a water-jar down on his opponent, who has left his defence open, in spite of the shield. The heads of these figures were taken by Capt. Hartmann, a member of the Venetian army that occupied Athens in 1688. They are now in Copenhagen. South Metope IV.

Poetry Links and stuff

Past and Present / I Remember, I Remember
(Thomas Hood, 1799-1845)

I remember, I remember
The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun
Came peeping in at morn;
He never came a wink too soon
Nor bought too long a day;
But now, I often wish the night
Had borne my breath away.

I remember, I remember
The roses, red and white,
The violets, and the lily-cups--
Those flowers made of light!
The lilacs where the robin built,
And where my brother set
The laburnum on his birthday,--
The tree is living yet!

I remember, I remember
Where I was used to swing,
And throught the air must rush as fresh
To swallows on the wing;
My spirit flew in feathers then
That is so heavy now,
And summer pools could hardly cool
The fever on my brow.

I remember, I remember
The fir frees dark and high;
I used to think their slender tops
Were close against the sky:
It was a childish ignorance,
But now 'tis little joy
To know I'm farther off from Heaven
Than when I was a boy.

Upon Westminster Bridge
(Sept. 3, 1802)
(William Wordsworth, 1770-1850)

Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth like a garment wear

The beauty of the morning: silent, bare,
Skips, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky,
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.

Never did sun more beatifully steep
In his first splendour valley, rock or hill;
Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!

The river glideth at this own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!

London, MDCCCII
(William Wordsworth, 1770-1850)

O friend! I know not which way I must look
For comfort, being as I am, opprest
to think that now our life is only drest
For show; mean handiwork of craftsman, cook,

Or groom! - We must run glittering like a brook
In the open sunshine, or we are unblest;
The wealthiest man among us is the best:
No grandeur now in Nature or in book

Delights us. Rapine, avarice, expense,
This is idolatry; and these we adore:
Plain living and high thinking are no more:

The homely beauty of the good old cause
Is gone; our peace, our fearful innocence,
And pure religion breathing household laws.

London
(William Blake, 1757-1827)

I wandered through each chartered street,
Near where the chartered Thames does flow,
A mark in every face I meet,
Marks of weakness, marks of woe.

In every cry of every man,
In every infant's cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forged manacles I hear:

How the chimney-sweeper's cry
Every blackening church appals,
And the hapless soldier's sigh
Runs in blood down palace-walls.

But most, through midnight streets I hear
How the youthful harlot's curse
Blasts the new-born infant's tear,
And blights with plagues the marriage-hearse.


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