Politics or Self-glory?

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Politics or Self-glory?

Type: Master thesis
Title: Politics or Self-glory?
Author: Livitsanou, Stavroula
Issue Date: 2017-08-30
Keywords: Collectors
Displacement of Antiquities
Lord Elgin
Emmanuel Miller
B.E.A. Rottiers
Abstract: The transport of antiquities out of Greece in the 18th and 19th century has attracted much attention from scholars and from the public due to issues of politics related with the restitution of cultural heritage. Although this topic has been broadly discussed, the reasons that urged the travellers to journey to Greece and the motives that encouraged them to move the antiquities out of Greece have not been traced yet. The main focus of this thesis is to trace the British, French and Dutch travellers‟ motives and understand the socio-political influences that affected their activities during the 18th and 19th century. These three nationalities were chosen due to their significant involvement in the transport of antiquities during this time period. Therefore, an analysis is provided on travellers from each of those three countries. The three case studies that contribute to the better analysis of this phenomenon are Lord Elgin from Britain, Emmanuel Miller from France and Bernard Eugene Antoine Rottiers from The Netherlands. The institution of the first Greek legislation that was created due to the travellers‟ activities consists one of the many concerns of this study. This thesis, through the analysis of the historical facts and political movements, and through the narration and analysis of specific cases of travellers illustrates how the combination of socio-political circumstances and personal motives encouraged many travellers to transport antiquities out of Greece.
Supervisor: Halbertsma, R.
Faculty: Faculty of Archaeology
Department: Archaeology (Master)
Specialisation: MA Museum Studies
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/52525

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