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Just as Rome wasn't built in a day, building a Roman empire in Caesar II will likely require more time as well. As the governor of a Roman province, the player's task is to build a city that will be the talk of the Roman Empire. If building the capital city is a successful endeavor, the player will begin to move up the ranks of the military and, possibly, become the next Caesar.
In simulation fashion, the city will consist of housing, markets, industry, security, sanitation, education, and places of worship. Entertainment raises nearby property values and most buildings need to be connected by roads so the plebes you govern will have access. Additionally, every building must be supplied with water, thus requiring the planning of reservoirs, fountains, and aqueducts.
However, the road to greatness is paved with stones of annoyance. Since the city is vulnerable to attack by barbarians and other enemies, creation of fighting Legions will need to be a priority. Fires, disease, and riots can break out and spread. While all this is going on, your coffers must remain full of denarii (the Roman monetary unit) in order to continue to expand and conquer the entire realm. ~ James W. Brumbaugh, All Game Guide