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The Cothon is the unique building of the Carthaginian civilization in Civilization IV: Warlords.


Compared to the Harbor that it replaces, the Cothon costs 20 additional production to construct but gives its city one additional trade route.

Civilopedia entry[]

Of Phoenician origin, the city-state of Carthage was a mighty sea power, with a trading empire stretching across much of the Mediterranean. Carthage's wealth (and survival) depended upon the quality of its navy and merchant fleet. To protect its fleet from attack and the elements, and to improve and speed construction of new vessels, Carthage constructed two artificial harbors ("cothon") in the city, a massive effort that required the excavation of some 230,000 cubic meters of earth. One harbor was for the merchant fleet; the second was for the Carthaginian navy.

According to ancient historians, "The harbors had communication with each other, and a common entrance from the sea seventy feet wide, which could be closed with iron chains. The first port was for merchant vessels, and here were collected all kinds of ships' tackle. Within the second port was an island, and great quays were set at intervals round both the harbor and the island. These embankments were full of shipyards which had capacity for 220 vessels."

See also[]

Civilization IV Buildings [edit]
Academy Airport Aqueduct (BarayB HammamW) Bank (Stock ExchangeW) Barracks (IkhandaW) Bomb Shelter Broadcast Tower Bunker Castle (CitadelW) Cathedral (Buddhist Stupa Christian Cathedral Confucian Academy Hindu Mandir Islamic Mosque Jewish Synagogue Taoist Pagoda) Coal Plant (Shale PlantW) Colosseum (Ball CourtB GardenB OdeonW) Courthouse (RathausB Sacrificial AltarW ZigguratB) Customs HouseB (FeitoriaB) Drydock Factory (Assembly PlantW) Forge (MintW) Granary (TerraceW) Grocer (ApothecaryW) Harbor (CothonW) Hospital Hydro Plant Industrial ParkB Intelligence AgencyB Jail (MausoleumW) Laboratory (Research InstituteW') LeveeB (DikeB) Library (MadrassaW) Lighthouse (Trading PostW') Market (ForumW) Military Academy Monastery Monument (ObeliskW SteleB Totem PoleB) Nuclear Plant Observatory (SalonW) Public TransportationB Recycling Center Scotland Yard Security BureauB Stable (GerW) Supermarket (MallW) Temple Theatre (HippodromeB PavilionW) University (SeowonW) Walls (DunW)
W Added in WarlordsB Added in Beyond the Sword