The Greeks were keen business-men. The Romans built a vast empire of tremendous power and wealth. but if they had done no more than that they would be as dead as the Assyrians. (Gilbert Highet)

For all their cruelty, no.
The Assyrians are not dead for me.
Semiramis Assurbannipal,
Ishtar, Assur
Nimrud, Nineveh fallen,
The east the imperium
Ancient museum
The power and the lust and the
Joy of dominion
The rapture of life
And the magical tree.
Undominated undominating
Poor but free
Thee I resurrect
Assyria the fallen
Direct through millennia
Thou speakest to me.

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