THE PROLIFIC AUTHOR, OXFORD EDUCATOR AND ASSYRIOLOGIST WHO FIRMLY BELIEVED THAT PHILOLOGY, HISTORY, AND PARTICULARLY ARCHAEOLOGY AND MONUMENTAL EVIDENCE WERE ALL IMPORTANT IN LIGUISTIC RESEARCH
REV. ARCHIBALD HENRY SAYCE (1845-1933) SIGNED QUOTE, “A. H. Sayce, Sept 20/1905”, on a card 4.25 x 2, by the British Assyriologist and linguist and was professor of Assyriologist at the University of Oxford (1891-1919). He was able to write in at least 20 ancient and modern languages, and was known for his emphasis of the importance of archaeological and monumental evidence in linguistic research. He is seen by some as one of the founding fathers of the “Reform Movement” in linguistic research at the end of the 19th century. His two notable works, Introduction to the Science of Language (1879), and The Principles of Comparative Philology (1880), introduced audiences to the changing continental linguistic trends. His early research examined Sumerian and Akkadian. His article An Akkadian Seal includes the discovery of many of the linguistic principles of Sumerian. He produced many studies on the Hittites and their language. He spent time in Egypt and became interested in the archaeology of the region and worked on cuneiform inscriptions discovered by Flinders Petrie at Tel el Amarna. He was a prolific author of books and articles. His handwritten quote, in full: “The old order changes, giving place to new, and God fulfills himself in many ways.” The line appears in the poem “The Passing of Arthur’, by Tennyson. The card is in fine condition, with minor age toning.