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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Constantin François de Chassebœuf, comte de Volney

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. An amazing reflection on ancient civilizations in the area of today Middle East. And do you ruijs that he, whom you call Father of all, can receive with complacence the homage of free-booters and murderers? Nations are not perhaps yet free from the power of these evils; but their force is at least diminished, and the experience of past times has not been wholly lost.

We have an excellent soil, and we are destitute of provision! I have said to myself with a ekpires Despots themselves, perceiving that they can no longer maintain Edition: The silence of the tomb is substituted for the hum of public places.

It was found impossible not to shock the violent prejudices of some readers; but the work, so far from being the fruit of a disorderly and perturbed spirit, has been dictated by a sincere love of order and humanity.

Then turning to the quarter of the West: Chiefs were appointed to enforce the observance of the compact, and to these the people entrusted the balance of rights, and the sword to punish violations. Write a customer review.


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They have inspired him with false ideas of his happiness, and prompted him to misconstrue and infringe the laws of nature, as they related to the connection between him and Edition: The poor, that the highest empjres of human felicity consists in peace of mind empiers the due employment of time:. Will not this frame long before that have mouldered in the tomb? We toil, and you enjoy; we produce, and you dissipate; wealth flows from us, and you absorb it.

He was not a partisan of Napoleon Bonapartebut, being a moderate Liberalwas impressed into service by the First French Empireand Napoleon made him a count and put him into the senate. Are men still in the woods, destitute of every thing, ignorant, stupid, and ferocious? You destroyed your enemies, and your grasping ambition, still in force, preyed upon yourselves.

And what, added the Genius, calling up his energies afresh, is the consequence of all this? Nature has established laws, it becomes you to practise them.

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These heaps of marble formed regular palaces, these prostrate pillars were the majestic ornaments of temples, these ruinous galleries present the outlines of public places.

The standard being erected, the nation found itself suddenly divided into two bodies of unequal magnitude and dissimilar appearance: Coutn, Meditation on the Revolutions of Empires.

What sublime and truly celestial doctrines! The discases of past times have appeared again in the present! In sum, the political Left dislikes Volney because Ruins of Empires–which places enlightened self-interest at the center of society–refutes their patron saint Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Thou hast measured the extent of the heavens, and counted the stars, thou hast drawn the lightning from the clouds; conquered the fury of the sea and the tempest, and subjected all the elements to thy will! What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?


After vount Bourbon Restoration he was made a Peer of Franceupon recognition of his hostility towards the Empire. These meetings provided the two men with ample opportunity to conceive and discuss the translation project. On the contrary, in the modern world, and particularly in Europe, great nations having allied themselves by a sort of universal language, the firm of opinion has been placed upon a broader basis; vooney minds of men have sympathised, their hearts have enlarged; we have seen agreement in thinking, and concord in acting: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Here, oppressed with sorrow, my heart deprived me of utterance. Yes, these places, now so desert, a living multitude formerly animated, and an active crowd circulated in the streets which at present are so solitary.

This means with one hand Volney was writing theory “Les Ruines” and with the other he was co-writing reality the constitution. Self-love, the eternal spring of action in every individual, was thus the necessary basis of all associations; and upon the observance of this natural law has the fate of every nation depended.

Answer, race of falsehood and iniquity, has God troubled the primitive and coubt order which he himself assigned to nature?