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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They have said that he is incomprehensible, and they have undertaken to be interpreters of his will. In any event, here’s my review of this book: After reading this performance it will be asked, how it was possible, into have had an idea of what did not take place till the year ? Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. 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?

The Ruins of Empires

They will feel the necessity of being moderate and just, because therein consists the advantage and security of each; that to wish to enjoy at the expence of another is a false calculation of ignorance, because the result of such proceeding, are reprisals, enmity, and revenge; and that dishonesty is invariably the offspring of folly. With one obstacle in particular my mind was sensibly struck. The people are superstitious; it is proper to overawe them with the names of God and religion.

Has the sun shone with greater brilliance? Internally, the character of the people was repellent to tyranny. Get to Know Us. Thus the impressions he received from external objects, awakening his faculties, developed by degrees his understanding, and began to instruct his profound ignorance: The more I meditate on the nature of man, the more I examine the present state of society, the less empirfs does it appear to me Edition: Afterwards, instructed by the repeated experience empired diverse accidents, by the fatigues Edition: The I’ve read the book some years ago.

So why are both Volney and his book largely forgotten today? But the hour of destiny is arrived. Too happy would have been his lot, had he, scrupulously observing the law imprinted on his nature, constantly fulfilled the object of it!


Since then it was from his own bosom all the evils proceeded that have vexed the life of man, it was there also he ought to have sought the remedies, where only they are to be found. You will find in it a mixture of good and evil. Examine then with care what ought to be its basis and principles. And when, after this devastation, famine has started up, is it the vengeance of God that has sent it, or the mad fury of mortals?

Is it his rapacity that plunders the labourer, ravages the productive fields, and lays waste the country; or the rapacity of those who govern?

Every thing is conducted by violence, fraud, or delusion; and the laws of morality and reason are still buried in obscurity. Remarking in certain countries the nature of seeds, which contain within themselves the faculty of re-producing the parent plant, they employed to their own advantage this property of Nature: To mix with the herd would be degrading and vile; they are born to serve us, who are men of a superior race.

Here is the monument of its splendid metropolis, Thebes with its hundred palaces fthe progenitor of cities, the memento of human frailty. Visit civilized nations, and take lessons of pious and learned people. Why then is this race, beloved of the Divinity, deprived of the favours which were formerly showered upon the Edition: Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Farther on, those vast tongues of land and scattered points, empkres the peninsula, Edition: Society was not, however, only a means of promoting survival.

And in reality, the civil and religious tyrants of em;ires people entered into a general combination, and having gained, either by constraint or seduction, multitudes on their side, they advanced in an hostile manner against the free nation.

We are active and laborious, and we live in indigence!

Already society at large, having passed through the same stages as particular societies have done, promises to lead to the same results. Volney tried to put his politico-economic theories into practice in Corsicawhere in he bought an estate and made an attempt to cultivate colonial produce.


You thus conquered a hundred nations, and out of the mass founded an immense empire. Let us join the people, and partake their burthens and cares; for they are men like ourselves.

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

In the secrecy of temples, and behind the veil of altars, they have made the Gods speak and act; have delivered oracles, worked pretended miracles, ordered sacrifices, imposed offerings, prescribed endowments; and, under the name of theocracy and religion, the state has been tormented by the passions of priests. Topics include the Laws of Nature and how we should live our lives accordingly, the foundations of religion, enlightened society, etc.

The exciseman oppressed Edition: No, no; the caprice of which man complains, riins not the caprice of destiny: Here is a review of the book nonetheless English Choose a language for shopping. But taking their affairs immediately into their consideration, they quickly dispelled my apprehensions. In the general order of the universe, his condition is doubtless subjected to inconveniencies, and his existence over-ruled by superior powers; but these vplney are neither the decrees of a coint destiny, nor the caprices of fantastic beings.

Ruins of Empire

Within the three last centuries especially, the light of knowledge Edition: Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. In some countries of Empites, indeed, reason begins to expand its wings; but even there, is the knowledge of individual minds common to the nation?

My attention was particularly attracted by the immense crowds that in either nation thronged to the temples. If you have this edition send me a note and we can make a determination real fast The fields were covered with harvests, the valleys with flocks, the hills with vines, the sea with ships, and man was happy and powerful upon the earth.

The world in which I place you was not made on your account, and yet I grant you the use of it. You are silent, said he, and your heart is agitated with thoughts which it dares not utter!