From humble beginnings, you have shown remarkable growth. Leave your bronze for iron and rule with horse and sword. The sky above begins to reveal its secrets, a collection of heaven that uplifts our hearts and guides us to foreign shores.
In the Classical Era you finish establishing your civilization, and you gain access to the first set of real governments which will allow you to streamline your further development. You should aim to progress beyond the basics: build more Districts, found new cities, develop trade beyond that first route and ... conquer your neighbors, if that's your inclination! Technology has now progressed enough to give you all means for taking cities (including the first more advanced units, such as the Swordsman), and you should've dealt with those pesky barbarians around your starting location. Seafaring civilizations should concentrate on developing their navy and building Harbors. And yes, you should Found your Religion, if you can.
Classical Era start Edit
- When starting a game in the Classical Era, players receive one Settler, one Builder, one Scout, one Spearman, 10 Faith, 110 Gold, and 1 Envoy.
- Capital has 4 Population.
- Boosted Civics: Drama and Poetry, Political Philosophy.
- Boosted Technologies: Celestial Navigation, Horseback Riding, Iron Working.
- The game starts at Turn 76/500 (1000 BC) on Standard speed.
|Improve 2 Sea Resources||Lighthouse, Great Lighthouse, Harbor, Royal Navy Dockyard (England only)|
|Writing||Make a Trade Route||Market, Sukiennice (Poland only), Commercial Hub|
|Animal Husbandry||Build a Pasture||Stable, Ordu (Mongolia only), Horseman, Saka Horse Archer (Scythia only), Varu (India only), Hetairoi (Macedon only)|
|Bronze Working||Build an Iron Mine||Jebel Barkal, Swordsman, Ngao Mbeba (Kongo only), Legion (Rome only), Immortal (Persia only), Hypaspist (Macedon only)|
|Currency||Build 3 different specialty districts||Petra|
|Sailing||Own 2 Galleys||Colossus, Quadrireme, Kampung (Indonesia only)
Allows all land units to embark.
|Build a Water Mill||Terracotta Army, Siege Tower|
|Wheel||Build Ancient Walls||Aqueduct, Bath (Rome only), Catapult|
Games and Recreation
|State Workforce||Research the Construction technology||Insulae, Arena, Tlachtli (Aztec only), Colosseum, Entertainment Complex, Street Carnival (Brazil only)|
|State Workforce, Early Empire||Meet 3 city-states||Autocracy, Oligarchy, Classical Republic, Charismatic Leader, Diplomatic League, Apadana|
Drama and Poetry
|Early Empire||Build a wonder||Literary Tradition, Amphitheater, Theater Square, Acropolis (Greece only)|
|Military Tradition, Games and Recreation||Build an Encampment||Maneuver, Strategos|
|Games and Recreation, Political Philosophy||Be the target of a Declaration of War||Bastions, Limes, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus|
|Political Philosophy, Drama and Poetry||Build 2 Campus districts||Natural Philosophy, Praetorium, Great Library|
|Mysticism, Drama and Poetry||Found a Religion||Scripture, Temple, Madrasa (Arabia only), Prasat (Khmer only), Stave Church (Norway only), Mahabodhi Temple|
- Light Cavalry
- Heavy Cavalry
- Naval Ranged
Districts and Buildings Edit
- Theater Square/ Acropolis
- Encampment/ Ikanda
- Holy Site/ Lavra
- Harbor/ Royal Navy Dockyard/ Cothon
- Commercial Hub/ Suguba
- Entertainment Complex/ Street Carnival
- Aqueduct/ Bath
- Government Plaza
Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.
Added in the Gathering Storm expansion pack.