Remembering ‘the father of Palmyra,’ the 82-year-old scholar slain by ISIS
LONDON — A good friend and colleague in Syria recalled on Wednesday how he had walked with “the father of Palmyra” among the ruins — ruins that Khaled Asaad had turned into his life’s work.
It was last year, and through his recognizable spectacles, he peered at the ruins, the Roman pillars, the castle, amphitheater and the Forum. By now, he was into his eighty-first year, but still uncovering mysteries and piecing together answers for us all.
“He knew the columns like you would know your child,” my friend recalled. “He was so emotional about it and involved. Each and every pillar he knew with their scratches, when they were damaged and what they had been through — like they were his children.” Read more…