For a long time – longer than I would like to admit – I thought that the Elgin Marbles were, you know, marbles.
Not so much. They are a collection of marble scuptures, panels, and similar things, that were originally part of the Parthenon and other buildings on the Acropolis of Athens.
There is a lot of debate about whether to keep them in the British Museum or to return them to Athens. (You can read the main points here at wiki.)
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