Siege of Athens
Siege of Athens
Scenario information
Game EmpiresIcon Age of Empires
Campaign Glory of Greece
Civilization Greeks
Color Blue
Course of campaign
Scenario no. 6
Previous I'll Be Back
Next Xenophon's March

Siege of Athens is the sixth scenario of the Glory of Greece campaign. The Athenians (Blue) must defend their homeland from the Assyrian Aegina (Brown) and the Greek Sparta (Red and Yellow).

Scenario Instructions Edit

Over the past 500 years the Greeks have grown strong at home and overseas. Their interference in Persian affairs attracted two Persian invasions, but these were turned back. Now the Greeks are squabbling at home over dividing the spoils of Mediterranean trade. Sparta and Athens are fighting for dominance. The Spartan army is approaching Athens and is too powerful now to be met in open combat. Defend the walls to delay them while the army is reinforced. Athenian farmland is outside the walls, unfortunately, so your food sources are probably lost. Use the Athenian advantage at sea to obtain food and trade overseas. The Spartans are not thought to have naval power, but that may change. When your armies have been strengthened, engage the Spartan army and drive it from your lands. The Spartans have brought a large baggage train of supplies. If that can be captured, they will be forced to fall back.

Objectives Edit

Strategy Edit

You start the scenario with several Phalanxes, three Scouts, two Bowmen, a Horse Archer and a Cavalry Hero with the name "Hero 12". The Spartan army is right outside the town, so pull all soldiers and Villagers behind the walls and wait for their attack. Have the Villagers gather what there is of wood there, and train Fishing Ships for Food. Trading with the Spartan Dock to the south can give you gold.

When the Spartans attack, send the Phalanxes out to kill everything that moves, and keep the archers behind the walls and towers. Repair when your defenses are damaged.

Once the Spartan advance has been beaten back, send your forces west to find the Artifacts. Once all of them are under your control, the scenario is over.

Historical Outcome Edit

"The Spartans were not able to take Athens at first because of the Athenian "Long Walls" that enclosed the city, the access route to the port of Piraeus on the coast, and the port itself. Although the Spartans devastated the countryside, the Athenians were able to withstand a siege by importing food and supplies by sea.

After many years of conflict throughout the Mediterranean, the Spartans gained the upper hand by building a large fleet of their own and defeating the Athenian navy in 405 BC. When the Spartans invaded Attica again, the Athenians surrendered in 404 BC after much starvation. As part of the peace agreement, the Long Walls were torn down, Athenian democracy was abolished, and the Delian league of Athens and its allies was broken up.

The Spartan victory that ended the war did not bring peace or unity to Greece, however. Democracy was restored in Athens in 403 BC and fighting between different states erupted again. In the midst of this turmoil little notice was given to the rising strength of Macedonia to the north along the barbarian hinterlands.