The Battle of Pharsalus (Caesar vs Pompey in the original) is the fourth and last scenario of the Ave Caesar campaign in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome. Caesar must destroy his rival, Pompey.

Scenario instructions[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

You are locked in a struggle with Pompey, the very successful consul from the East, to be the ruler of Rome. Pompey has fled to Greece where he has great support. Having solidified your control in Rome and neutralized other Pompeiian forces, you march to Greece to finish Pompey. The two armies meet near the small city of Pharsalus to decide who will become the true ruler of Rome.
—In-game section

Starting conditions[edit | edit source]

Objective[edit | edit source]

  • Destroy the forces of Pompey. If Caesar dies, the mission will be lost.

Hints[edit | edit source]

  • Because supplies are extremely limited at the initial base camp, exploration is key.
  • Avoid provoking the enemy as long as possible to give you more time to establish your defense.
  • Concentrate on Pompey; Pharsalus will submit once Pompey is destroyed.

Players[edit | edit source]

Player[edit | edit source]

  • Player (Romans): The player starts with a small army and some villagers nearby the eastern corner of the map. The road ahead of the player leads straight into Afranius' base.

Enemies[edit | edit source]

  • Afranius (Romans): Afranius' base is located in the southern corner of the map, contains a dock, is heavily fortified and controls significantly more resources than the player.
  • Pompey (Romans): Pomey's base is located along the north-western edge of the map, is heavily fortified and controls significantly more resources than the player.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

In this scenario, it pays to be aggressive. Claim any gold mines you can, and destroy enemy military buildings before they can replenish their forces. Finish off Afranius before attempting to siege Pompey.

They both rely on their siege units, but Scythe Chariots are quite cheap, and strong enough for these purposes. Save the gold for Catapults and Helepolises.

If you find yourself lacking gold, then leave their docks intact - trading is a reliable source of gold.

Another quicker strategy is to ignore Afranius, build a Dock and create a Transport Ship to cross the river to Pompey's base. Caesar would be strong and fast enough to subdue Pompey's starting units and unit-producing buildings. Just keep him away from the Sentry Towers.

Once Pompey is out of resources and no longer produces units from their base, take your time to build up a siege force to take down their remaining buildings in order to defeat him.

History[edit | edit source]

Historical notes[edit | edit source]

Following the death of Crassus, Pompey and Caesar were left as rivals for the control of Rome. Both had supporters in the army and Senate. It was understood that one man would become dictator and that the republic would cease to exist.

Pompey had himself illegally appointed as sole consul and attempted to strip Caesar of power. Caesar crossed the Rubicon River at the head of his troops in defiance of the Senate to contest this grab for power. Pompey fled to Greece with the part of the Senate that favored him. The remainder of the Senate made Caesar dictator, the virtual monarch of Rome. After consolidating control of Italy and dealing with the allies of Pompey leading rebellion in Iberia, Caesar followed Pompey to Greece to decide their fates.

Caesar defeated Pompey at Pharsalus in Greece in 48 BC. The provinces in Greece and Asia previously allied with Pompey switched allegiance to Caesar. Egypt and Pontus submitted by 47 BC, North Africa by 46 BC, and Spain by 45 BC, all after military action. On March 15, 44 BC, Caesar was assassinated in the Senate by conspirators that included democrats alarmed by the end of the republic, former allies of Pompey, and disgruntled friends of Caesar himself.
—In-game section

Victory[edit | edit source]

Your decisive victory over Pompey solidifies your position as ruler of Rome. The entire Senate is forced to confirm you. You are remembered as the greatest of the Romans. Future emperors of Rome, Russia, and Germany will be called Caesar, Tsar, and Kaiser after you.
—In-game section

Loss[edit | edit source]

Your loss to Pompey elevates him officially to the post of dictator of Rome. You must flee and can only hope to find sanctuary in some forgotten corner of the world where you can live out your days dreaming of what might have been. Future emperors of Rome are called Pompey, not Caesar.
—In-game section
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