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Classical age

The Classical Age is the fifth age available to a player in the game of DomiNations. It is obtained by paying 100,000 gold in the Town Center. This age is succeeded by the Medieval Age and is preceded by the Iron Age.

Historical Description

Phalanx (Greek)

The Phalanx is a compact rectangular formation of heavy infantry with pikes and spears. These units are efficient at defense against charging units. This is the reason how even though the Greeks lost the battle of Thermopylae; the phalanx proved extremely efficient when it was able to kill 20,000 Persian troops.

The Classical Age is a period of time of history of a diversity of cultures, conquest, new inventions and innovations, and the foundation of Western civilization. This age lasted from 800 BC(E) to 600 AD/CE. During the Classical Age was a diversity of cultures, inventions, and innovations. The religion of Greek polytheism was created inspiring Roman polytheism. One of the most religions formed in the Classical Age that existed today are Christianity and Islam. New philosophies and governments such as democracy and republic were developed. Alchemy and mathematics also played a role in scientific education in the Classical Age. Literature was innovated and includes poems, epics, and fables. Entertainment played a role with its main focus on acting and drama. New arts were created such as architecture, mosaics, paintings, and sculptures.

Heavy Legion

Legions are the elite infantry of the Roman Army during the rise of the Roman Empire. Legions are conscripted and trained and are by centurions. Legions helped make the Roman Empire go to its greatest extent. In the Roman Empire however; legions are now just a small part of the Roman Army since the basis of the Army is auxiliaries; or foreign soldiers that does not come from Italy.

Conquest also played a part in the Classical Age. To start off, the Persian Achaemenid Empire lost to Greece in the Greco-Persian Wars with the Greek tactic advantage of phalanxes. After, the cities of Athens and Sparta developed leagues with their allies and invaded each other in the Peloponnesian Wars with Sparta as the winner. Conflict grew in Greece between the city-states of Thebes, Athens, and Sparta. Macedon then capture the cities for unity and invaded Persia and Western India with success under King Philip V and Alexander III the Great. In the west, the power of Rome grew in Italy, and conquered Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa after defeating Carthage (Punic Wars), Iberia, Gaul (modern-day France) and Greece would be conquered under Julius Caesar. Palestine and Egypt would later be conquered by Augustus and Britannia after his death. Christianity grew in Rome after being legalized replacing Roman polytheism as the state religion.

Temple eur

Christianity grew in Rome after Emperor Constantine legalized it. It became the state religion of the Roman Empire during Emperor Theodosius I's reign. The Church would send missionaries throughout Europe to preach to the Germans and Celts to make followers.

Rome grew weak during the Late Antiquity starting at 400 AD and splitted into two factions; Western and Eastern. The Western empire (which was established in Italy and the west of it) died off being weakened by attacking Huns under Attila and was captured by barbarians such as the Germans and the Vandals. The Eastern Empire (which was established in Asia Minor and spread from Greece to the Levant) flourished becoming the now-known Byzantine Empire. The Franks in the north, at first, were barbaric but adopted Roman culture and adopted from paganism to Christianity. Muslims from the Middle East conquered lands in Egypt and Western Asia creating fear for the converted European Christians. Attacking vikings in the north created fear in the nations in Europe forcing villagers to be under the new system of feudalism. These were troubled times for the Europeans, creating the Dark Ages; the first part of the Middle Ages; or in popular terms; Medieval Age.

Advancements

After advancing to the Classical Age, players are given a new set of buildings to build, technologies to research, and units to create. Buildings that are available in the Classical Age is the ambush trap, ballista tower, a catapult (from researching Chapter 3 of Machinery Technology in library), garrison, spike trap, stable, tower (from researching Chapter 1 of Watch Tower Technology in library), a set of walls, a caravan and a farm, house, a set of roads, a library, barracks and a war academy. You can receive 2 citizens from building another house. In the blacksmith, you can upgrade the hoplite (vandal if Germansbushi if Japanese, and legion if Romans) to the phalanx (heavy vandal if Germans, samurai if Japanese, and heavy legion if Romans), the composite bowman (longbowman if British, chu ko nu if Chinese) to the archer (elite longbowman if British, elite chu ko nu if Chinese), the heavy horse raider to the cavalry raider, the horseman (chevalier if French, companion if Greeks) to the cataphract (heavy chevalier if French, royal companion if Greeks), and receive the wall miner. In addition, players can also construct wonders in the Classical Age to give a bonus to help the player. The choices are the Notre Dame, the Forbidden City, the Terra Cotta Army, and the Colosseum.

Trivia

  • For all intents and purposes, this is the last age where the Romans existed historically.

Gallery

Further Reading

*Links lead to Wikipedia.

Trivia

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