William St Clair (University of London), “Who saved the Parthenon?”
William St Clair's talk previews part of his forthcoming book due to be published later this year.
Making use of manuscripts mostly hitherto unknown, including intercepted letters, reports of secret negotiations, and correspondence with Ottoman commanders and the Sultan, he discusses how and why the Parthenon unexpectedly survived, almost unscathed, from the Greek Revolution of 1821-1833. The discoveries require existing histories to be drastically revised.
Who saved the Parthenon will be published as Open Access, free to read online and inexpensive to buy as a printed book. It is an example of the rapidly expanding new way of making the results of research available to audiences world-wide. Those attending the lecture will be offered the opportunity of signing up for a free pdf to be sent to them when the book is published.
William St Clair is the author of Lord Elgin and the Marbles and other works. Senior Research Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, he is also chairman of Open Book Publishers, the leading publisher of open access monographs.