is a strategy simulation in which you start with provinces in the early days of the Roman empire and develop your capital city. The architecture of the ancient world comes to life on your screen as you build dozens of structures, all beautifully rendered in 3-D graphics. If you choose to play in City mode, you can concentrate on the economic development of one city for as long as you like. Your plebes can frolic in the Roman baths while you keep an eye out for fire, plague, crime and the occasional riot. Or, if you're ready for a real challenge, you can turn on the adrenaline and master your unruly province. Defend it with fortifications, exploit its resources, establish trade routes, raise armies, and listen up to the demands of your Emperor in Rome. If you please him well, you might just get promoted. Once promoted, you can march into another province and take on its unique economy and local population. As you move up the ranks toward your Imperial goal of subduing provinces and building eternal cities, you'll confront raiding Huns, invading Carthaginians (with elephants) and upstart Gauls. Keep the barbarians out, your cities thriving, and your hippodromes rocking.