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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Why dost thou, who has promised to thy prophet the dominion of nations, and signalized religion by so many triumphs, deliver up true believers to the sword of infidels?

Let us then anticipate futurity; let us unveil the astonishing age that is about to arise, that virtue, seeing the end of its wishes, animated with new vigour, may redouble its efforts to hasten the accomplishment of it. I pictured to myself the Assyrian on the banks of the Tygris, the Chaldean on Edition: Ignorant also of the art of multiplying enjoyments, he provided only what was necessary; and supersluity being unknown to him, the desire to engross of consequence remained unexcited; or if excited, as it attacked others Edition: You thus conquered a hundred nations, and out of the mass founded an immense empire.

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Two classes of tyrants arose: It was in this manner that the riches of India and Europe, accumulated upon the banks of the Nile, the Tigris, and the Euphrates, gave successive existence to the splendour of a thousand metropolisses. If the creation has remained the same, if its sources and its instruments are exactly what they once were, wherefore should not the present race have every thing within their reach that their ancestors enjoyed?

The ground was covered on all sides with fragments of similar buildings, cornices, capitals, shafts, entablatures, and pilasters, all constructed of a marble of admirable whiteness and exquisite workmanship. We pay enormous tributes, and we are told Edition: And the Law of Nature Paperback. If all are equal before God, where will be the need of mediators, and what is to become of the priesthood?

Ever hear of the proclamation of the Empire when Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor? At the beginning, the author imagines himself sitting one evening in the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, in Syria.


From hence were exported, sometimes by the Black Sea, in ships of Egypt and Syria, these commodities, 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 Persians, and according as they were used or abused, cherished or overturned their wealth and prosperity.

The history of past times strongly presented itself to my thoughts. When war, famine, and pestilence united have swept away the inhabitants, and the land is become a desert, is it God who has depopulated it?

Have these laws, on the contrary, restrained the effort of man in his pursuit of happiness? It is thus the Christian would believe himself damned, were he to eat the juice of animal food instead of milk or butter. You have massacred the people, reduced cities to ashes, destroyed all traces of cultivation, made the earth a solitude; and you demand the reward of your labours!

The Birth of Orientalism. Do you traverse deserts like the indefatigable merchant? When thou directest the stars in their orbits, what to thee are the worms that crawl in the dust?

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The Ruins of Empires

It’s too bad the educators of this world, on both sides of the Atlantic, have wasted so much time spreading the gospel of Rousseau and Marx, rather than Volney’s Ruins of Empires. In another view, as there was nothing to excite emulation or encourage instruction, the minds of men sunk into profound ignorance. In one place, they commence an action against a rich man, and plunder him upon false pretences.

If a people were powerful, if an empire flourished, it was because the laws of convention were conformable to those of nature; because the government procured to every man respectively the free use of his faculties, the equal security of his person and property. The I’ve read the book some years ago.

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Tyrants tremble at your aspect; you poison with secret alarm their impious pleasures; they turn from you with impatience, and, coward like, endeavour to forget you amid the sumptuousness of their palaces. You shall not be hurt; we are enlightened, and we will commit no violence.


The discases of past times have appeared again in the present! Among nations there will be established an equilibrium of force, which, confining them within the limits of just respect for their reciprocal rights, will put an end to the barbarous practice of war, and induce them to submit to civil arbitration the decision of their disputes y ; and the whole species will become one grand society, one individual family governed by the same spirit, by common laws, and enjoying all the felicity of which human nature is capable.

Let us pull down this sacrilegious standard, demolish Edition: Yes, continued he, a hollow noise already strikes my ear; the cry of liberty, uttered upon the farther shore of the Atlantic, has reached to the old continent. 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 rhins are the basis of society, law, and government.

If the people carry to the combat less personality and less exertion, their struggles are less sanguinary and ferocious. But this nation and its chiefs acknowledge not these sacred truths. By this faculty, every action injurious to his life gives him a sensation of pain and evil, and every favourable action a sensation of pleasure and good.

Vicious contracts must be dissolved, unjust prejudices abolished, imaginary distinctions surrendered, and iniquitous Edition: Aug 03, Thomas Williams rated it it was amazing Shelves: Why is a holy and chosen race less fortunate than impious generations? It’s here that Volney best lays-out his code of morality based on the physical laws of nature. I saw riches euins in the hands of a few individuals, and the multitude poor and destitute. Yes, said he to me, they are volnye seas and continents of the very hemisphere you inhabit.

And I have meditated upon human evils, that I might find out their remedy. These meetings provided the two men with ample opportunity to conceive and discuss the translation project. Distress began its career: Let us sound the alarm to kings, that they may join in our cause. This page was last edited on 22 Octoberat