THERE WAS ONE TIME PERIOD during the Babylonian Empire that things were very good for the people there. Babylon has a very bad reputation, but under "Cyrus the Great", it was a good place to live. Well, "good" after those days standards.
Above is "The Cyrus Cylynder", written in about 540 BC, and written in "Cuneiform" (their language). This Cylynder is Cyrus' "Declaration of Human Rights", and it reads: "I announce that I will respect the traditions, customs and religions of the nations of my empire and never let any of my Governors or subordinates look down or insult them while I am alive. If it occurs, I will take his or her rights back and penalize the oppressor".