I've been immersed in this Western Civilization course I'm taking at school. So far, this is the story of Western Civilization.
Rich, poor, war, war, and more war. New rich, opress new poor, more war, war and war. Some culture, vases, paintings, but then destroyed by war. So you get the picture. Interesting fact, the most humane of the war seeking ancient civilizations were the Persians, which is modern day Iran. Something to think about.