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Struggle for Sicily is the first scenario of the The First Punic War campaign in the Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome trial version. The Carthaginians must kill all the Roman soldiers in their lands. This scenario was replaced in the Definitive Edition by The Battle of Agrigentum.

Scenario instructions[]


For years, your nation of Carthage has been the undisputed master of the Mediterranean. Recently, a new force has arisen on the scene. Rome, a small backwater of no importance, is challenging your mastery of the island of Sicily, an important center of trade for your empire. You have been assigned to drive the audacious Romans from Sicily.
—In-game section

Starting conditions[]


  • Eliminate all Roman soldiers.


  • Scouting suggests that a force of 10-12 units (Axemen, Bowmen, and Slingers) should be sufficient to defeat the Romans.
  • Advance to the Tool Age before engaging the Romans.



  • Player (Carthaginians): The Player starts with a Town Center and some Villagers nearby the south-eastern edge of the map.


  • Roman Army (Romans): The Roman Army starts with a Tool Age army, some bulidings, and a villager in the northern corner of the map. They are entirely passive, except for the villager who is scouting sometimes.


You start off in the Stone Age, and can reach the Tool Age. Do this as soon as possible, so you have a better choice of soldiers available. This is a very simple scenario, as the Romans will mostly stay in their base, so there's not much reason to build a defense.

There's plenty of huntable animals, and building a Dock will let you fish. There's trees all around you, so you won't lack wood. Looking for Stone or Gold Mines is a waste of time, as you'll have little use for those resources.

Training about a dozen soldiers, with a mixture of Axemen and Slinger, will be enough to wipe out the Roman force.


Historical notes[]

While Rome gradually consolidated its control of Italy between the 6th and 3rd centuries BC, Carthage expanded its influence in the Western Mediterranean. Carthage came into conflict with Greek colonists, especially on the strategic island of Sicily, which was positioned as a naval gateway between the East and West. Rome, already controlling the mainland, was drawn into a struggle over the town of Messana in 264 BC. Carthage supported the opposing faction. The conflict between Carthage and Rome escalated into the First Punic War. The first objective of this confrontation was control of Sicily.
—In-game section


The mighty Carthaginian host under your command has driven the Romans from Sicily. We have stopped their expansion to the south and their interference in efforts to control this key island.
—In-game section


Your failure to defeat the Roman interlopers has lost the key island of Sicily to our enemies. Our colonies and trades routes to the West are now in great danger. Report to fleet headquarters for duty as a rowing bench.
—In-game section
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