|This article is about the civilization in Age of Empires. For their appearance in Age of Mythology, see Greeks (Age of Mythology).|
The Greeks are a playable civilizations in Age of Empires, and are primarily an offensive civilization. The Greeks are based in the speed of their units, and are very strong at the beginning of the match. Their Academy units are 30% faster and their warships are 17% faster.
The Greeks are a culture that has existed over 9000 years. Even though we know them as "Greeks", they call themselves the "Hellenic". Greek culture developed on its majority at southeast Europe, and rather than being a united nation, it was divided in several city-states.
The Greeks are represented in the first main campaign story-line, which details their expansion from out of the last Ice Age into the city-states and finally under the banner of Alexander the Great.
Historically, the Greek city states were one of the very first cultures to quickly grow up and be advanced in areas such as science, philosophy and politics, as well as demography, which is represented in their fast working Town Centers. Some Greek states such as Sparta and Athens were able to train highly disciplined elite infantry and deploy them effectively in considerable numbers against their enemies, and were also known to make effective use of naval vessels in order to defend against the Persians during the Greco-Persian wars. Those facts are reflected in their military bonuses where Academy units are cheaper and move faster and their fast-moving warships.
In the ancient world, Ancient Greeks were a major trade and colonial power, setting up colonies in Italy, Cyprus and Asia Minor (now modern-day Turkey). The Greeks fought mostly in large Hoplite armies, and were famous for their army formations. The Greeks played a major role in the ancient world, possibly saving Europe from invasions by Persia along with contributing towards most of the ancient philosophy, mathematics, and other sciences known worldwide today. The Greeks resided in city states that constantly competed for power, especially between the city states of Athens and Sparta. After the Peloponnesian wars, Athens and Sparta (greatly weakened by their conflict) were annexed by Macedonia. Greek civilization would reach its peak under Alexander the Great, who conquered most of the known world. His empire, though, was only as strong as he was, and after he died it quickly fragmented and lost power. The Greeks were eventually conquered by the Romans a few centuries later, and were largely assimilated into their culture.
Greek influence did not die there, however; the Romans borrowed heavily from Greece, including architecture, religious basis, and military tactics. The Eastern Roman (or Byzantine) Empire is commonly referred to as the Greek half of Rome.
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