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This article is about the civilization in Age of Empires. For the Romans in Age of Empires II, see Byzantines.
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Forum reconstruction
This is an artistic representation of the Roman forum in the ancient Roman capital. Forums are usually located in the center of a city.
RomeIcon The Rise of Rome
Architectural StyleRoman
FeaturesSwordsmen attack 33% faster

Towers cost 50% less

Buildings cost 15% less
ContinentSouthern Europe
PersonalityOffensive
MapsLand
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The Romans are a playable civilization in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome. The Romans controlled the empire from modern day Italy in the city of Rome, which was once one of the largest cities in the world. At its highest peak the empire extended across large areas of Europe, some of North Africa and Asia Minor. The Romans in the game are primarily an offensive civilization but they also work well under defensive strategies due to their cheaper cost of constructing buildings and fortifications. Due to their availability to powerful Iron Age technologies, they are a formidable fighting machine in most games since they produce some of the finest Infantry from the Barracks.

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  • Caesar - Roman general, consul and dictator, lived 100-44 BC
  • Vespasian - Roman Emperor 69-79
  • Trajan - Roman Emperor 98-117
  • Nero - Roman Emperor 54-68
  • Claudius - Roman Emperor 41-54
  • Domitian - Roman Emperor 81-96
  • Marcus Aurelius - Roman Emperor 161-180
  • Sulla - Roman general, consul and dictator, lived 138-78 BC
  • Octavian - Roman Emperor 27 BC-AD 14, known as Augustus

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Roman Empire map

The Roman Empire at its height in 117 AD

The city of Rome was founded several thousand years ago and became a Republic in 509 BC. It quickly became a major power and controlled much of the Mediterranean after defeating Carthage. After several power struggles Rome became an Empire with the first Roman emperor being Augustus Caesar. The Roman Empire had the strongest and the most disciplined army in its time and was the dominant power in the area. One major feat of the Empire besides defeating Carthage was defeating Greece who were a major military power, one of the reasons the Romans thought they were descendants of the people of Troy, which was a city that was sacked and had most of its population massacred by the Greeks around 1200 B.C. At its height it was a vast empire that ruled most of Europe, North Africa and the Middle-East at its pinnacle between 44 BC and 180 AD, often known as Pax Romana, or Roman Peace. The Roman Empire eventually began to decline as its bureaucrats became very ineffective, invasions from various Germanic tribes and the Huns increased and numerous civil wars began across the empire. The Roman Empire was split into an Eastern and Western half by Emperor Diocletian in 293 as the empire was seen as too big for one person to rule. A second capital was made in Byzantium. The Western Empire fell in 476 while the Eastern Half, called the Byzantine Empire, survived another thousand years. The Byzantines were toppled by the Turks in 1453.

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