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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A sacred sloth empirres established itself in the world; the fields were deferted, waste lands increased, empires were dispeopled, monuments neglected, and every where ignorance, superstition and fanaticism uniting their baleful effects, multiplied devastations and ruins.

Vainly do kings command you in the name of God and by their lance: The first sentence should read: What glory is here eclipsed, and how many labours are annihilated!

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He promised to the poor the spoil of the rich, to the rich the subjugation of the poor; threatened this man by that, one class by another; and isolating the citizens by distrust, he formed his own strength out of their weakness, and imposed on them the yoke of opinion, the knots of which they tied with their own hands.

Has the course of the seasons at all varied? Not content with the fruits of their own effort, the strong began to oppress and despoil the weak.

After a walk of three quarters of an hour along these ruins, I entered the inclosure of a vast edifice which had formerly been a temple dedicated to the sun; and I accepted the hospitality of some poor Arabian peasants, who had established their huts in the very area of the temple. The Pacha considered the event as a subject of rejoicing; he made war upon them, took their houses by storm, ransacked their goods, and carried off their cattle. Who instruct the multitude in the knowledge of its rights, and force the chiefs to discharge the duties of their station?


Paperbackpages. These meetings provided the two men with ample opportunity to conceive and discuss the translation project.

Constantin François de Chassebœuf, comte de Volney

To appease them, man offered the sacrifice of all his enjoyments, punished himself with privations, and overturned the laws of nature. If he wishes to punish, are not earthquakes, volcanoes, and the thunderbolt in his hand?

You are vount authors of your calamities, find yourselves their remedy. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Owing nothing, and exacting nothing, he judged of the rights of others by his own. Barlow’s name then became associated with the entire translation, further obscuring Jefferson’s role in the project. There are many reasons.

They have affixed merit coynt actions which either are indifferent or absurd. And the Law of Nature. After the Bourbon Restoration he was made a Peer of Franceupon recognition of his hostility towards the Empire. The idea brought tears into my eyes; and covering my head with the flap of my garment, I gave myself up to the most gloomy meditations on human affairs. I was unable to distinguish the voice of reason; but the moment it was known to me, I gave it welcome.

To the tumultuous throng which crowded under these porticos, the solitude of death has succeeded. Je vous salue, ruines solitaires, tombeaux saints, murs silencieux! After smpires short silence, the Genius thus resumed his instructions:. The oppressors being in this case less numerous than the oppressed, it became necessary, in order to support this false equilibrium, to bring the science of tyranny to perfection.


The Ruins of Empires by Constantin-François Volney

If you have this edition, send me a note and we can make a determination real quick Despots themselves, perceiving that they can no longer maintain Edition: The people, reduced to indigence, debased themselves; the great, cloyed with superfiuity, became depraved; and the number of citizens interested in the preservation of the state decreasing, its strength and existence were by so much the more precarious. Do you fatigue your cohnt with ploughing the field?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Are they his passions that, under a thousand forms, torment individuals Edition: You subjugated nations, but you did not oppress them.

A strong man rose up against a weak one to tear from him the profit of his labour: Why is not that ancient population re-produced and perpetuated? I’ve read the book some years ago: The Genius, fixing upon me a look of severity mixed with compassion, was silent. Can liberty spring up out of the bosom of despots, and justice be administered by the hands of rapacity and avarice? Are the rain and the dew fixed in the air? Courtiers and priests, your services are too expensive; henceforth we take our affairs into our own hands.

Their country is an object of convenience Edition: The Sultan, intoxicated with his greatness, misunderstood the object of his functions, and all the vices of arbitrary power presently unfolded themselves.