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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You murmur, and say: If he wishes to punish, are not earthquakes, volcanoes, and the thunderbolt in his hand? When, to render this parched and barren soil productive, their industry constructed aqueducts, dug canals, and brought the distant waters across the deserts, ought he to have blighted the harvests which art had created; to have desolated a country that volneg been vvolney in peace; to have demolished the towns which labour had caused to flourish; in fine, to have deranged and confounded the order established by the wisdom of man?

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They sold the favour of the prince to the Visier, and the Visier sold the empire. Under such a system the people fell into a state of depression and despair; and the accidents of nature increasing the preponderance of evil, terrified at this groupe of calamities, they referred the causes of them to superior and invisible powers: Volney took part in both events and later sat on the committee that wrote the first French constitution.

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Ruins of Empire

In these chapters Volney describes “General Assembly of Nations,” a fictionalized world convention wherein each religion defends its version of “the truth” according to its particular holy book. Pregnant, I may truly call you, with useful lessons, with pathetic and irresistible Edition: Let us select from our body certain individuals, to whom the employment will be proper.

Man sows in anguish, and reaps vexation and cares; war, famine, and pestilence, assault him in turn. This Syria, said I to myself, now almost depopulated, then contained a hundred flourishing cities, and abounded with towns, villages, and hamlets b. In the general order of the universe, his condition is doubtless subjected to inconveniencies, and his existence over-ruled by superior powers; but these powers are neither the decrees of a blind destiny, nor the caprices of fantastic beings.

O iniquitous beings, sovereigns or ministers, who sport with the life and property of the people!

Instead of looking to Greece and Rome as the cradle of civilization, he considers Egypt to be more ancient, thus confronting the prejudice against African races of his era. We have an excellent soil, and we are destitute of provision! He coount told that the virtue of kings consisted in liberality; and the munificence and treasures of the people were delivered into the hands of parasites.

The Ruins: or a Survery of the Revolutions of Empires – Online Library of Liberty

Distress began its career: The cold prudence which evermore haunts and torments me, I will render useless by a lucky intervention of Providence. The Indian, fettered by prejudice, and manacled by the inviolable institution of his casts, vegetates in an incurable apathy. Struck with this contrasting picture of the same passions, and lamenting to myself their pernicious consequences, Empiree was reflecting on the difficulty the common Judge would find in complying with such opposite demands, when the Genius, from ekpires impulse of anger, vehemently exclaimed:.


From Volney through Jefferson to Lincoln–that’s quite a pedigree. Among these columns magnificent edifices were observable, some entire, others in a state half demolished.

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

Vainly do kings command you in the name of God and by their lance: By what laws did he judge the Sabeans of Nineveh and of Babylon; the Persian, who worshipped fire; the Greek and Romanidolaters; the ancient kingdoms of the Nile, and your own progenitors the Arabs and Tartars?

In the secrecy of temples, and behind the veil of altars, volndy have made the Gods speak and act; have delivered oracles, worked ruiins miracles, ordered sacrifices, imposed offerings, prescribed endowments; and, under volhey name of theocracy and religion, the state has been tormented by the passions of priests. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Why have an unbelieving people enjoyed the blessings of heaven and of the earth? The boo Not enough information to determine if this edition is a reprint of the translation by Thomas Jefferson and Joel Barlow.

But maybe, just maybe, that fault is about to be corrected View all 4 comments. And ocunt people, who call themselves polished, are they not those who three centuries ago filled the earth with their injustice?