The Ruins of Empires has 90 ratings and 34 reviews. Owlseyes said: I’ve read the book some years ago: an amazing reflection on ancient civilizations. Ruins of Empire. Les Ruines, ou méditations sur les révolutions des empires ( ) by Constantin François Chasseboeuf, comte de Volney () is one . Or, Meditation on the Revolutions of Empires: Volney’s Answer to Dr. Priestley and a Biographical Notice by Count Daru. Prefaces; The Ruins of Empire.

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Open Preview See a Problem? To them let our common powers be delegated, to frame for us a system of government and laws: Under such a system the people fell into a riuns of depression and despair; and the accidents of nature increasing the preponderance of evil, terrified coint this groupe of calamities, they referred the causes of them to superior and invisible powers: Their communication with each other was too easy, and their interests too simple and evident.

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And all the force and wealth of nations were converted into a supply for individual expence and personal caprice; and kings, in the wearisomeness of satiety, followed the dictates of every factitious and depraved taste o. Is it his pride that creates murderous wars, or the pride of kings and their ministers? Why have an unbelieving people enjoyed the blessings of heaven and of the earth? And what is doubt, replied he, that it should be regarded as a crime?

The Ruins of Empires

This stream of water, which seems to disembogue itself into no sea 4is the Jordan; and these barren rocks were formerly the scene of events, Edition: Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Soldiers, chastise this insolent multitude! Not content with the fruits of their own effort, the strong began to oppress and despoil the weak.


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But, by a cout imprudence, sometimes overlooking and sometimes transgressing its limits, he plunged in an abyss of errors and misfortunes; and self-love, now disordered, and now blind, was converted into a prolific source of calamities.

How are prejudices to be extirpated that first take root in the mind? Thus absorbed in contemplation, new ideas continually presented themselves to my thoughts.

Because nations, estranged from each other by the prejudices voney ignorance and the ferocity of hatred, seconded the perversity of governments, and employing a standing force for reciprocal offence, aggravated their slavery.

Farther on, those vast tongues of land and scattered points, are the peninsula, Edition: Written in the late s in French, it was felt to be so important that Thomas Jefferson anonymously translated the first 20 chapters. Vexed by their own princes they preferred being your tributaries.

Thus self-love, aversion to pain, and desire of happiness, were the simple and powerful motives which drew man from the savage and barbarous state in which Cpunt had placed him: If particular societies have attained a considerable degree of perfection, why should not the progress of the general society advance? Is then the God that peoples the air with birds, the earth with animals, and the waters with reptiles; the God that animates universal nature, a God that delights in ruins and sepulchres?

The Sultan, intoxicated with his greatness, misunderstood the object of his functions, and all the vices of arbitrary power presently unfolded themselves.


Ruins of Empire

Philosopherhistorian, orientalist and politician. Young man, believe the voice of tombs Vvolney After three days travel in barren solitude, and having passed through a valley filled with grottoes and tombs, my Edition: The Egyptian Origins of Western Philosophy.

An Introduction to the Ancient Evidence. Dissatisfied with the present, man supposes in the past a perfection which does not exist, Edition: If individuals have at certain times, and in certain places, become better, why should not the mass improve?

Volney’s Ruins: Or, Meditation on the Revolutions of Empires

I’ve read the book some years ago. And this people raised an immense throne in the form of a pyramid, and seating upon it the men they had rhins, said to them: Where those husbandmen, those harvests, that picture of animated nature of which the earth seemed proud?

Soldiers, our blood flows in your veins! My feeling is, if extremists on ckunt the Left and Right don’t like it, then there must be something of value in this book that neither side wants you to know. Why weary ourselves in the pursuit of prey that escape ruihs in the woods or the waters?

The first sentence should read: It is this spirit of rapacity, the disguises of which are innumerable, but its operation and end uniformly the same, that has been the perpetual scourge of nations.

Volney was a deist.