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Seleucid Empire (RTW Faction)

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Seleucid Empire (RTW Faction)
Seleucid Faction Symbol-Vanilla.png
Name: Seleucid Empire
From Game: Rome: Total War
Culture: Greek

The Seleucid Empire are one of the playable factions in Rome: Total War. They can be played by successfully completing either a long or short campaign with any of the Roman factions, by destroying them in the Imperial Campaign or by editing descr_strat.txt (more information on which can be found here.)

Game Play

Starting Position

The Seleucid Empire starting position. (Click to enlarge)

The Seleucid Empire starts originally with a rather large amount of settlements. They are bordering and surrounded by Pontus, Egypt, the Greeks Cities and the Parthians. They control modern day Jordan, Syria, most of Iraq, and some parts of Turkey.

  • Antioch: Selucid Capital; Region - Syria
  • Damascus: Selucid Town; Region - Coele Syria
  • Hatra: Selucid Town; Region - Assyria
  • Seleucia: Selucid Large Town; Region - Babylonia
  • Tarsus: Selucid Town; Region - Cilicia
  • Sardis: Selucid Town; Region - Ionia

Win Conditions

  • Long Game: Seleucids must hold Rome and 49 other regions.
  • Short Game: Seleucids must hold 15 regions and destroy or outlast Egypt.


The Seleucids are a very well rounded faction, one of the most in the game. They have quite a varied roster of units, combining both Greek and Eastern units. Their unit roster includes Pikemen, Cataphracts, Elephants, Chariots, Companion Cavalry, and even Legionaries. They take time to get them all but once they do their roster is excellent, with great cavalry and infantry. Their archers and siege weapons are average. Their early troops, while not the best, are competent and can do their jobs well if their morale is kept in check.

Seleucid Empire General's Bodyguard.

They have very versatile armed infantry, consisting of Greco-like phalanx and Roman-like legionaries.

Unique Units

Silver Shield Pikemen: Elite phalanx troops with high attack and defence and very good morale.

Silver Shield Legionaries: Local imitations of the soldiers of the Roman Legions. They are as good as Legionary Cohort except for having slightly lower morale.

Faction Details

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Seleucid Empire Details (RTW Faction)

RTW Factions
Armenia | Britannia | Carthage | Dacia | Egypt | Gaul | Germania | Greek Cities | The House of Brutii | The House of Julii | The House of Scipii | Macedon | Numidia | Parthia | Pontus | Scythia | Seleucid Empire | Senate | Spain | Thrace | Rebels
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