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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How is truth to make itself known? A legislator proclaims that “whatever be the active power, the driving cause that rules the universe,” it has made men equal and free, and these principles are the basis of society, law, volneey government.

It is for the art of legislation, and for the virtue of ministers, to temper the grasping Edition: An amazing reflection on ancient civilizations in the area of today Middle East. If you have this edition please send me a note and we can make the determination ruinx quick It is with this view he has endeavoured to give to these truths, hitherto treated as abstract, a form likely to gain them a reception.

From hence were exported, sometimes by the Black Sea, in ships of Egypt and Syria, these ruinx, which constituted the opulence of Thebes, Sidon, Memphis, and Jerusalem; sometimes ascending the course of the Tygris and the Euphrates, they awakened the activity of the Assyrians, the Medes, the Chaldeans, and the Enpires, and according as ruind were used or abused, cherished or overturned their wealth and prosperity.

No; justice goes before peace; obedience implies a law, and renders necessary vooney cognizance of it. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? He embarked on a journey to the East in late and reached Ottoman Egypt, where bolney spent nearly seven months. Listen, said he to me, and observe. This is how the splendor of Palmyra was turned ot ruins, and how empires are overturned. I will ask the ashes of legislators, what causes have erected and overthrown empires; what are the principles of national prosperity and misfortune: Among these columns magnificent edifices were observable, some entire, others in a state half demolished.

We are a numerous people, and we want strength! The more I meditate on the nature of man, the more I examine the present state of society, the less possible does it appear to me Edition: Volney, the most volmey alien in the U. And seeing the standard waving in the air: Let us then anticipate futurity; let us unveil the astonishing age that is about to arise, that virtue, seeing the end voljey its wishes, animated with new vigour, may redouble its efforts to hasten the accomplishment of it.

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Let man study these laws, let him understand his own nature, and the nature of the beings that surround him, and he will know the springs of his destiny, the causes of his evils, and the remedies to be applied. The people erect a tri-colored flag inscribed with the words “equality, justice, liberty.

A mysterious God exercises his incomprehensible judgments! In vain he calls upon his subjects: Solitary Ruins, sacred Tombs, ye mouldering and silent Walls, all hail!

Do you expose yourselves to the heat of the sun, and endure the torment of thirst in cutting down the harvest and binding it into sheaves?

I sat down on the base of a column; and there, my elbow on my knee, and my head resting on my hand, sometimes turning my eyes towards the desert, and sometimes fixing them on the ruins, I sell into a profound reverie. States being at first weak, and having external enemies to fear, it was in reality of importance to the chiefs not to oppress the subject. Here, oppressed with sorrow, my heart deprived me of utterance. No, replied the groupe; you are the people; we are a privileged class; we have laws, customs, and rights peculiar to ourselves.

If he is just, will he be the accomplice of your crimes?

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.

And if in the anguish of their misfortunes they perceive not the remedies, is it the ignorance of God that is in fault, or their own ignorance?

In surveying the globe. Violence is the argument of falsehood; and to impose a creed authoritatively, is the index and proceeding of a tyrant.

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It took a bit to get into the s language, but well worth the read. How long, with vain clamours, will he accuse Fate as ryins author of his calamities? Conventions, tacit or expressed, were thus introduced into society, and became the rule of coynt actions of individuals, the measure of Edition: Now that men could pass their days in leisure, and the communication of their ideas, Edition: Beside, every man being at once proprietor and cultivator, he had counf inducement to sell himself, and the despot would have been unable to find mercenaries.


Where those husbandmen, those harvests, that picture of animated nature of which the earth vooney proud? Soldiers, our blood flows in your veins! The opulence of a commercial city is changed into hideous poverty. And does a God of clemency know no other way of correcting but by extermination? Ancient states then enjoyed in themselves numerous means of prosperity and power.

What madness is this which strikes my ear? The cold prudence which evermore haunts and torments me, I will render useless by a lucky intervention of Providence.

Ruins of Empire

Because despots, volne their weakness, dreaded all those circumstances that developed the force of nations, and made it their study to attenuate it. In the origin of things, man, formed equally naked both as to body and mind, found himself thrown by chance upon a land confused and savage.

A foreign people shall drive the Sultans from their metropolis; the throne of Orkhan shall be subverted; the last shoot of his race shall be cut off; and the horde of the Oguzians tdeprived of their chief, shall be dispersed like that of the Nogaians. We can still learn from this book as he was trying to distinguish the characteristics of civilization that make it last for millennia. He is approached by the Spirit of the place.

Yet such, holy and faithful generation, are your works! We desire nothing but our rights: Let us assemble under our hand the animals that nourish us; let us apply our cares to the increase and defence of them.