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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To ask other readers questions about The Ruins of Empiresplease sign up. Lists with This Book. I’ve read the book some years ago: Travelling in a vast area Ottoman Empire and Egypt and Syria in the year and visiting the ruins of the ancient city of Palmyra, Volney, unknowingly, summons the Ghost of empites ruins with his many questions and melancholic state: The answers obtained from this “supernatural voice” coubt the heart of Volney, the Count.
Chapter XIII goes this way: Will the human species ever improve? So was I, in a certain way agitated, when I saw this: A Christian would think of being condemned to eternal damnations if eating meat on Friday, instead of milk and butter.
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Oh sublime and truly celestial doctrines! The Chinese people are the proof that in ancient times, until the invention of the kf writing, the human spirit had difficulties developing itself, just like before the Arabic numbers, for the purpose of counting. It all depends on the methods: View all 31 comments.
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I’ve read the book some years ago. An amazing reflection on ancient civilizations in the area of today Middle East. The I’ve read the book some years ago. So was I,in a certain way ruuins, when I saw this: May 26, DoctorJ added it. This is another look at history that was written by a Frenchman who was a contemporary of Thomas Jefferson.
Instead of looking to Greece and Rome as the cradle of civilization, he considers Egypt to be more ancient, thus confronting the prejudice against African races of his era. We can still learn from this book as he was trying to distinguish the characteristics of civilization that make it last for millennia.
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Thomas Jefferson liked the book so much he translated it into English. This important facet of Jefferson’s life and beliefs was discovered by a French researcher, Gilbert Chinard.
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Chinard published his findings in the Johns Hopkins Press in in a book called “Volney et l’Amerique. The Jefferson-Barlow translation went through many reprints throughout voleny 19th and 20th centuries. It was read by famous Americans such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, Ernest Hemingway and untold numbers of people favoring the abolition and women’s rights movements. 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.
The political Right dislikes Volney counh in the last four chapters of the Ruins he investigates the ruin of world religions and proposes a solution to the world’s enduring religious conflicts. This solution–establishing a code of morality based on the physical laws of nature and not upon some invisible being up in the sky–is still considered heresy. My feeling is, if extremists on both the Left and Right don’t like it, then there must be something of value in this book that neither side wants you to know.
Jefferson certainly saw that fmpires he liked it so much he translated it into English. He saw Volney’s Ruins as a book of general principles that the people needed to read to understand the history of the human race, hence to better understand their responsibilities under this new form of government called democracy. Beyond this, the book’s central premise–mentioned at the top–is still alive and relevant today.
It explains the past two hundred plus years of human history since the book was published: From Volney through Jefferson to Lincoln–that’s quite a pedigree. 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.
But maybe, just maybe, that fault is about to be corrected Be sure to read, too, Volney’s Law of Nature, which is included at the back of most volumes. It’s here that Volney best lays-out his code of morality based on the physical laws of nature. This is a copy of the original edition published in August The very first French constitution went into effect one month later. Since Volney sat on the committee that wrote the first French constitution, he was writing the final drafts of both documents at the same time.
Ryins means with one hand Volney was writing theory volny Ruines” and with the other he was co-writing reality the constitution. View all 4 comments. Oct 16, Shane Orr rated it it was empries. Written in the late s in French, it was felt to be so important that Thomas Jefferson rulns translated the first 20 chapters. Topics include the Laws of Nature and how we should live our lives accordingly, the foundations of religion, enlightened voley, etc. Lots of philosophy and ancient history.
It took a bit to get into the s language, but well worth the read. Someone recommended this to me and I can’t remember who. Not enough information to determine if this edition is a reprint of the translation by Thomas Jefferson and Joel Barlow. Who ever has a copy send me a note and we can make a determination real fast Note too this is probably the single worst book cover for Volney’s Ruins I have ever seen.
Who ever chose it obviously has no idea about the book’s true content and meaning In any event, here’s my review of this book: If you have this edition send me a note and we can make a determination real fast The boo Not empirres information to determine if this edition is tuins reprint of the rkins by Thomas Jefferson and Joel Barlow.
Not enough information to determine if this is the translation by Thomas Jefferson and Joel Barlow. If you have a copy, send me a note and we can make that determination real quick Here is my review of the book nonetheless: If you have this edition please send enpires a note and we can make the determination real volneu If you have this edition, send me a note and we can make that determination real fast The Not enough information to determine if this edition is a reprint of the translation by Thomas Jefferson and Joel Barlow.
Whoever has a copy send me a note and we can make a determination real quick If you have a copy send me a note and we can make that determination real quick Not enough information to determine if this is a reprint of the translation by Thomas Jefferson and Joel Barlow.
If you have this edition, send me a note and we can make a determination real quick Here is a review of the book nonetheless Here is my review of the book nonetheless Aug 03, Thomas Williams rated it it was amazing Shelves: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Constantin-Francois Volney is one of those historical personalities once famous in their own day but now largely forgotten.
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Ever hear of Benjamin Franklin? Franklin, then Ambassador to Paris, mentored a young Volney in the years prior to the French Revolution and later introduced him Constantin-Francois Volney is one of those historical personalities once famous in their own day but now largely forgotten. Franklin, then Ambassador to Paris, mentored a young Volney in the years prior to the French Revolution and later introduced him to his successor, Thomas Jefferson.
Volney took part in both events and later sat on the committee that wrote the first French constitution. Ever hear of Napoleon Bonaparte? Volney discovered a young Bonaparte on the island of Corsica and helped his career on numerous occasions, including the 18 Brumaire coup that brought Bonaparte to power. Ever hear of the proclamation of the Empire when Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor? Volney was one of only three senators to vote against that counter-revolutionary bill. Ever hear of the Alien Act in the United States?
Volney, the most famous alien in the U. Ever hear of an ideologue? Volney was one of the original Ideologues.