Frasi di Austen Henry Layard
Austen Henry Layard
Data di nascita: 5. Marzo 1817
Data di morte: 5. Luglio 1894
Austen Henry Layard è stato un archeologo, diplomatico, politico, scrittore e conoscitore d'arte britannico. Membro dell'alta aristocrazia londinese, è uno dei più famosi archeologi di fine Ottocento che con i suoi scavi in Mesopotamia rivelò al mondo lo splendore dell'arte e delle antiche civiltà dell'Assiria, in particolare rivelò città di Ninive e Nimrud.
Frasi Austen Henry Layard
„On all sides, as far as the eye could reach, rose the grass-covered heaps marking the site of ancient habitations. The great tide of civilisation had long since ebbed, leaving these scattered wrecks on the solitary shore. Are those waters to flow again, bearing back the seeds of knowledge and of wealth that they have wafted to the West? We wanderers were seeking what they had left behind, as children gather up the coloured shells on the deserted sands. At my feet there was a busy scene, making more lonely the unbroken solitude which reigned in the vast plain around, where the only thing having life or motion were the shadows of the lofty mounds as they lengthened before the declining sun.“
— Austen Henry Layard, Discoveries Among the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon: With Travels in Armenia, Kurdistan and the Desert