During the War of Independence when the Greeks had laid siege to the Turks who had taken refuge on the Acropolis, rumor went round that since they had run out of ammunition, the Turks had resorted to despoiling the columns of the lead that held them up in order to make bullets to shoot against them. The Greeks called a truce and gave the enemy bullets so they would spare the monument. Furthermore, in his excellent book "Lord Elgin & the Marbles" William St. Clair describes the utter distress of the Turkish Disdar (the official in charge of Athens) when the marbles came crashing down to the ground in the attempt of Elgin's crew to dismantle them. He simply couldn't take this vandalism any more and cried "Telos!" (Stop! or Enough!), putting an end to the destruction.