Sumerian city-state Mari had a population of in 2400 BCE. It served as an important trade nexus. Residents were literate, there were schools and libraries, they wore elaborate clothing & hairstyles The city was sacked by the Babylonian king Hammurabi.
cumuluslife: ““… we are the dreamers of dreams, Wandering by lone sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams. World-losers and world-forsakers, Upon whom the pale moon gleams; Yet we are the movers.