...but now they're all dead and we can only read about them.
I was wandering through the British Museum's virtual Assyrian section, and on a whim went to YouTube to see if there were any amusing videos about the Assyrians (oh, I know, a bit of a long shot, but I am ever the optimist).
And what do you know but the band They Might Be Giants is here to sing a little song they wrote just for you, a snappy little ditty about Sargon, Hammurabi, Ashurbanipal, and that old rogue Gilgamesh. It's called The Mesopotamians and you can even get t-shirts from the tour. (Warning: don't get your hair cut like a Mohenjo-daroan or you might end up in a TMBG video)