The Course of Empire

The Course of Empire

The idea of the continuous and cyclic rise and fall of Civilisations was first penned by Ibn Khaldūn, as I posted about before, but there is perhaps no better illustration of this than ‘The Course of Empire,’ a series of five paintings done by Thomas Cole 500 years later in 1833-1836.

The Savage State

The Arcadian or Pastoral State

The Consummation of Empire

The Destruction of Empire

Desolation

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-rise-and-certain-fall-of-the-american-empire-2010-03-09?pagenumber=2

1 Comment

  1. d-nut 8 years ago

    you should give this book a read:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collapse_%28book%29

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