Massive Ancient Statue Discovered Submerged In Mud In Cairo : The Two-Way : NPR. And, for Saturday's lesson in Hubris, I give you a new archaeological find beneath the muck in Cairo's slums. Researchers believe the 25 foot high statue is of Ramses II, ironically found broken and under mud and muck. In case you thought that any man is really all that, recall the Shelley poem, Ozymandias, which recalls the find of a statue of Ramses II, both of which finds are appropriate in this Lenten time, when we recall that we are "dust, and to dust we shall return". So, the next time you are feeling full of yourself, or you hear some politician or billionaire being full of themselves, recall the poem, and remember:
Who said—"Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away."