Do dive headfirst into the game if you want! Each card describes a historical event or era, which you should try to date as precisely as possible by clicking on the timeline below it. You do not need any previous knowledge of ancient Rome. You will learn as you play (that is the intention anyway)! But if you'd like a head start, you may spend a minute or two on the crash course below.
The Etruscans of northern Italy rule Rome. There are no writings from this time so what we know is from later writings that may be based more on myths than reality. The first archeological evidences of stone buildings and streets date as late as 575 BC.
Rome breaks free from the Etruscans and expands its rule all over Italy. The conquered 'Italians' become citizens of Rome. During this period the common people gain political power and are made equal before the law.
Rome/Italy now comes to confront the other Mediterranean powers and after some gigantic wars, Rome comes to rule the Mediterranean world. The conquered areas become Roman provinces and supply Rome with an enormous number of slaves. The wars also change the Roman army from one of farmers obliged to military service, to an army of professional soldiers more loyal to their commander than to Rome. This leads to internal fighting and culminates in Caesar's civil war.