The Elites Were Living High. Then Came the Fall.

About 3,190 years ago, a merchant in Emar, a trading outpost in what is now northern Syria, sent a desperate letter to his boss, Urtenu, who lived in the rich metropolis of Ugarit, a city-state on the coast of Syria. “There is famine,” he wrote. “If you do not quickly arrive here, we ourselves will die of hunger.”

Modern cities can learn from the fate of the collapsed civilizations at Ugarit and Mycenae.

Source: The Elites Were Living High. Then Came the Fall.

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