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The Battle of Actium (Actium in the original) is the first scenario of the Imperium Romanum campaign in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome. The forces of Rome must fight Marc Antony and Cleopatra.

Scenario instructions[]


Marc Antony has taken the offensive, crossing the Gulf of Ambracia to shorten the distance between his legions and yours. Cleopatra remains in a defensive posture behind the protection of her Egyptian navy. Should Antony's attack fail, she will probably flee to Egypt where reinforcements await.
—In-game section

Starting conditions[]



  • You need both a strong land force and a navy for complete victory; do not rely too heavily on one or the other.
  • You may need to relocate your camp.



  • Player (Romans): The player's base is located in the northern corner of the map. It is fortified and defended by a small army and navy. Resources are rather low and the base is vulnerable to attacks from all directions.


  • Antony (Romans): Antony starts with a base in the middle of the map, right southwards from the player. His initial army starts at the player's base gates and has to be fended off. His base is low on wood, food, and stone. Unfortunately for the player, Antony has huge amounts of every resource in stock: 5,000 food, 5,000 wood, 2,000 stone, and 5,000 gold. Antony attacks with infantry.
  • Cleopatra (Egyptians): Cleopatra has a stationary navy in the eastern corner of the map and three Ballista Towers guarding the strait in the middle of the map. She starts in the Post-Iron Age, which means she has all upgrades possible for the Egyptian civilization.
  • Egypt (Egyptians): The Egyptian base is located in the southern corner of the base and attacks with Catapult Triremes, Composite Bowmen, Chariot Archers, Priests, and Stone Throwers. Egypt starts with 2,000 wood at the start of the game.


The player's starting base

To win the scenario you must level Antony and Egypt's Town Centers while sinking Cleopatra's Barge.

First, deal with Antony. A few Cavalry to deal with ranged attackers, some Long Swordsmen to deal with infantry, and a Stone Thrower for Towers will be enough to level his base. First go for the Towers and the military buildings, then head for his town center, to cripple him.

Then, train a navy to control the seas. If resources are becoming a problem, transport some Villagers to the island to the west, there's plenty of wood, stone and gold to gather there.

Take your army, replace anything that's lost, and go south to the Egyptian town but not before leveling down Cleopatra's three Ballista Towers and Antony's Stone Thrower which defend the area. Use the same tactic as before - but since reinforcements would have to travel a long way, it's better to build some buildings on their islands and train the soldiers from there. Either bring a Villager, or convert one. You may also need to train some Chariots as Egypt would have many priests.

Once the Egyptian base is down, your land units are useless, so you can kill them if you lack population. Build Triremes, and assault the navy until Cleopatra's Barge is sunk.


Historical notes[]

Following the death of Caesar, there began of period of conflict between republicans, Pompeiians, and various claimants to Caesar's legacy. The principal players ultimately were Marc Antony, Caesar's most trusted subordinate, and Octavian, Caesar's nephew. Together they fought a brief but decisive civil war against Caesar's murderers, Brutus and Cassius. Octavian was only 18 at the time of Caesar's death and not a particularly gifted military commander, but he proved a superb politician. By 40 BC the empire had been divided among a new triumvirate of Octavian, Antony, and Lepidus. The arrangement was formalized by Antony's marriage to Octavian's sister.
—In-game section


Your victory over the combined forces of Antony and Cleopatra has compelled these enemies of Rome to flee to Egypt. You have solidified your control of Rome and you are now positioned to become the first emperor of Rome.
—In-game section


Your loss to the combined forces of Antony and Cleopatra compels you to withdraw to Rome and rebuild your forces. The eastern part of the empire is now lost to our enemies. It is likely that Antony will follow up his victory by driving on Rome. A second defeat at the hands of Antony will mean the end of your career as consul of Rome and put Antony in position to be the first Emperor of Rome.
—In-game section


  • This is the only mission outside of the Egyptian Campaign where the player faces Egypt as an enemy (not to be confused with enemies in other missions which are only technically Egyptian).
  • If the player destroys Anthony and Egypt, kills all units of Cleopatra except Cleopatra's Barge, then converts that unique unit, it still needs to be sunk in order to win, even though, at this point, all enemies are annihilated completely.