Isis Unveiled: chapter I (an axiom of hermetic philosophy)

"Dr. Schliemann, the enthusiastic Hellenist, has recently found, in his excavations in the Troad, abundant evidences of the same gradual change from babarism to civilization, and from civilization to barbarism again.   Why then should we feel so reluctant to admit the possibility that, if the antediluvians were so much better versed than ourselves in [...]

Isis Unveiled: chapter I (an axiom of hermetic philosophy)

"They divided the interminable periods of human existence on this planet into cycles, during each of which mankind gradually reached the culminating point of highest civilization and gradually relapsed into abject barbarism.   To what eminence that race in its progress had several times arrived may be feebly surmised by the wonderful monuments of old, [...]