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Volney [1]

French philosopher, born at Craon; travelled in Egypt and Syria; wrote an account of his travels in his "Voyage"; was imprisoned during the Reign of Terror; patronised and promoted to honour by Napoleon, and by the Bourbons on their return; his principal work, "Ou Méditations Sur Les Révolutions Des Empires Les Ruines ," was an embodiment of 18th-century enlightenment ( q. v .) (1757-1820).