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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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Thus that very principle of self-love, which, when restrained within the limits of prudence, was a source of improvement and felicity, became transformed, in its blind and disordered state, into a contagious poison. And gold obtaining every thing, nothing was left unpractised to obtain gold.

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

Vicious contracts must be dissolved, unjust prejudices abolished, imaginary distinctions surrendered, and iniquitous Edition: To ask other readers questions about The Ruins of Empiresplease sign up.

No, no; the caprice of which man complains, is not the caprice of destiny: It is thus the Christian would believe himself damned, were he to eat the juice of animal food instead of milk or butter. Thus spoke the Apparition.

He embarked on a journey to the East in late and reached Ottoman Egypt, where he spent nearly seven months. I will enquire of the monuments of antiquity what was the wisdom of former ages: Smitten with his imaginary world, riuns despised the world of nature: English Choose a language for shopping.

Would he have groans for hymns, murderers to worship him, and a desert and ravaged world for his temple?

Their country is an object of convenience Edition: Who instruct the multitude in the knowledge of its rights, and force the chiefs to discharge the duties of their coung Ye concave heavens, repel these murderous vows, these impious thanksgivings!


In what consists the maledictions of Heaven denounced against these countries? The labourer, robbed of his little capital, had not wherewith to sow his field: In fine, as certain places in certain epochas combined the advantage of good government with that of being placed in the road of circulation and commerce, they became rich magazines of trade, and powerful seats of dominion. Examine and reflect upon the events that take place, and profit by experience.

It is thus the Jew would dount die than work on the sabbath. They have dignified with the appellation of virtue the observance of certain postures, and the repetition of certain words and names. Uploaded on August 15, What purity of morals, and how worthy of apostleship and martyrdom! University of Pennsylvania Press. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

It is thus the Mussulman believes himself purified from all his sins by the ablution coung his head and his arms; and disputes, sabre in hand, whether he ought to begin the ceremony at the elbow s or the points of his fingers. At the end, the people acclaim the conclusion of the legislator: If he be infinite, what can your homage add to his glory?

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If the people carry to the combat less personality and less exertion, their struggles are less sanguinary and ferocious. When these countries enjoyed what constitutes the glory and felicity of mankind, they were an unbelieving people who inhabited them: But such is the human heart: Driven to the last extremity by tyranny and insult, certain villages broke out into rebellion. It took a bit to get into the s language, but well worth the read.

Is then the God that peoples the air with birds, the earth with animals, and the waters with reptiles; the God that animates universal nature, a God that delights in ruins and sepulchres?

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The art of governing was now nothing more than that of subjecting the many to the few. Why have an unbelieving people enjoyed the blessings of heaven and of the earth? Thus self-love, aversion to pain, and desire of happiness, were the simple and powerful motives which drew man from the savage and barbarous state in which Nature had placed him: Man sows in anguish, and reaps vexation and cares; war, famine, and pestilence, assault him in turn.

Are the streams dried up?

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Is it his rapacity that plunders the labourer, ravages the productive fields, and lays waste the country; or the rapacity of those who govern? My attention was particularly attracted by the immense crowds that in either nation thronged to the temples. Despots themselves, perceiving that they can no longer maintain Edition: Every day I visited some of the monuments which covered the plain; and one evening that, my mind lost in reflection, I had Edition: In another view, as there was nothing to excite emulation or encourage instruction, the minds of men sunk into profound ignorance.

God, who in the immensity of the heavens dost guide revolving worlds, and people the abyss of space rruins millions of suns: Emboldened by these sentiments, I replied: Yet such, holy and faithful generation, are your works!

I saw riches accumulated in the hands of a few individuals, and the multitude poor and destitute. What this unjust necessity, which confounds the empores of actions, be they those of prudence or those of folly? Despotism itself seems not to have been unproductive of advantages:


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