The Ancient Age is the first age available to a player in Rise of Nations. It is obtained by default in a game, and has no research or cost requirements.
The "Ancient Age" denotes a wide period of human history, traditionally considered to begin with the "Neolithic Revolution" around the 10th millenium BCE, when agriculture is known to have been first introduced, marking the first developments of former hunter-gatherer societies into a new, sedentary way of life, from which the first settled civilizations were to arise. The beginning of recorded history, when the first writing systems were invented, marks the end of human prehistory, and is also considered by some authorities as the starting point of the Ancient age. This took place by the 4th millenium BCE, time of the first script ever found: the proto-cuneiform pictographic system of ancient Sumer. Besides sedentism, written language and agriculture, the advancements of antiquity include: the first cities, mathematics, domestication of horses, goats, sheep and poultry, the wheel, and the rise of the nation state. During this age, the first settled civilizations in Egypt, Mesopotamia and most of West Asia were at their height; those in India, China, Mesoamerica, and Andean South America would continue to develop, while those in Greece, the Mediterranean, and the pastoralist nomads of the Eurasian Steppe were on the rise.
To this period also belong many great man-made structures, such as the The Great Pyramid of Giza, the Ziggurat of Ur, the Megalithic temples of Malta, Stonehenge, or the monumental heads of the Olmecs.
Some famous events from this period, which determined the rise and/or fall of many nations include the the first widespread use of bronze for weaponry and tools, the rise of the Akkadian empire, the first in history; supplanting the Sumerians and in turn being supplanted by Babylonians and Assyrians, the Battle of Kadesh and fighting between the Egyptian and Hittite empires for supremacy in the Levant, which led to the first known peace treaty; the mass migrations of the Sea peoples, the legendary Trojan Wars, and in the later stages, the beginning of the use en masse of iron in most of the old world, and its replacement of bronze for most purposes.
The Ancient Age is the starting point in the game. As such, only most basic and essential units, buildings, resources and technologies are avaliable.
All standard matches will begin in this age, every Nation beginning with at least a Small City, Library, Woodcutter's Camp, three Farms, one Scout, and five Citizens. Only Food, Timber and Wealth (After building a Market) can be gathered. The first avaliable military units are also avaliable in this age, after building a Barracks.
Related National Powers Edit
- The Aztecs begin with Military 1 (The Art of War) already researched.
- The Chinese begin with a Large City, unlike all other nations which begin with a Small City, and don't have the ability to upgrade it until the Medieval Age.
- The Dutch begin with Commerce 1 (Coinage) already researched, a free Market and 2 free Armed Merchants. Besides, by building a Dock in this age they receive 2 free Barks.
- The Egyptians start with a free Granary, while other nations need to wait until the Classical Age and have Science 2 (Mathematics) researched before they are able. They can also build two additional Farms in every City (7 instead of the standard 5), and these Farms provide 2 Wealth each.
- The French begin with a free Lumber Mill while other nations need to wait until the Classical Age and have Science 2 (Mathematics) researched before they are able.
- The Germans can build a Granary, Lumber Mill and Smelter in this age, while other nations need to wait until the Classical Age and have Science 2 (Mathematics) (and Science 3 (Chemistry) for the Smelter!) researched before they are able.
- The Greeks start with Science 1 (Written Word) already researched, as well as a free University. This gives them the exclusive benefit of being able to gather Knowledge in this age, while every other nation has to research that technology and wait until the Classical Age to be able.
- The Koreans begin with a free Temple, while other nations need to research Science 1 (Written Word) to be able. They also begin with 1 extra Citizen.
- The Nubians begin with a free Market and can see any Rare Resource within friendly territory from the beginning.
- The Persians begin with +50% bonus Food and have all avaliable Caravans automatically trained for free as soon as a Market is built.
- The Romans begin with Military 1 (The Art of War) already researched, and have the undisclosed ability to build Forts at this age, while every nation needs to be in the Classical Age and have Military 2 (Mercenaries) researched first.
- The Russians begin with Civic 1 (City State) already researched.
- The Spanish begin with an extra Scout, the map revealed, and know the locations of all Ruins in their own territory, and of all Rare Resources in the entire map.
Advancing towards the Classical Age requires for two of any Library technology to be researched first, and costs 250 Food.
- The icon of the Ancient Age is based on the Great Sphinx as it would look when it was built in present-day Giza, Egypt.
- This is the only age that is not restricted to being researched.
See Also Edit
Category:Ancient Age - here are listed all the units, buildings and game mechanics avaliable in this age.
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