0 A.D. is a free, open-source, cross-platform real-time strategy (RTS) game of ancient warfare. It's a historically-based war/economy game that allows players to relive or rewrite the history of twelve ancient civilizations, from Iberia to Mauryan India, each depicted at their peak of economic growth and military prowess. Developed using Pyrogenesis, a ground-breaking new game engine custom-built to suit this project, 0 A.D. will give players a rich and entertaining real-time gaming experience.

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The Vale of Tempe
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Betelgeuze May 11 2008 says:

One of my favo screens, the flora looks so realistic!

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jonnyboy24 Jan 14 2009 says:

It looks like its gonna be heavy work for my computer :P

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rgkimball Nov 21 2009 replied:

Believe it or not, 0 A.D. is fairly light on the CPU. Just don't zoom out too far. ;)

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The Tempe Pass is a strategic pass in Greece since it is the main route from Larisa through the mountains to the coast. Because of this it has been the scene of numerous battles throughout history. However, it can be bypassed from the Sarantoporo Pass with which does take longer. In 480 BC 10,000 Athenians and Spartans tried to stop Xerxes's invasion, but the Persians bypassed the Greek force by marching through Sarantoporo. During the Third Macedonian War in 164 BC the Romans broke through Perseus of Macedon's defenses and later defeated him in the battle of Pydna. During the revolution of Andriskos in 148 BC the valley was the site of another conflict. There were other battles fought there during the barbarian raids that mark the end of the Roman era in Greece and then later in Byzantine and Ottoman times.

The scene in this screenshot depicts the Spartan and Athenian commanders (along with their entourage) deciding to abandon their position at the mouth of the Vale.

May 11th, 2008
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