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Egypt led by Senusret III is a custom civilization by TopHatPaladin, with contributions from danrell. It was released as part of the Civ V 10th Anniversary event.

This mod requires Brave New World.


Middle Kingdom of Egypt[]

The Middle Kingdom was the second of the three "Golden Ages" of pharaonic Egypt; it was distinguished by the centralization and expansion of the Egyptian realm, as well as a high artistic standard and the composition of much classic Egyptian literature.

During the First Intermediate Period, Egypt was ruled by countless regional nobles called nomarchs. However, these gradually consolidated into two factions - the Tenth Dynasty based in Heracleopolis, and the Eleventh Dynasty based in Thebes. Mentuhotep II, one pharaoh of the Eleventh Dynasty, took advantage of a revolt in Lower Egypt to invade the Tenth-Dynasty land; over the ensuing years, he captured Heracleopolis and subdued the entirety of Lower Egypt. Thus, Egypt came to be reunified, ushering in the Middle Kingdom period.

The final Eleventh Dynasty king, Mentuhotep IV, goes unattested in most king-lists, perhaps indicating that he was violently overthrown. It is certain that his successor, Amenemhat I, was not of royal birth himself. Amenemhat and the subsequent Twelfth Dynasty rulers would keep a strong hand over Egypt, by maintaining large standing armies and building a secondary capital - Itjtawy - in the north; however, the nomarchs still enjoyed a fair amount of power. However, Senusret I began the process of centralizing power, appointing nomarchs himself and installing royal constructions at religious centers. This process would be furthered by an administrative reorganization carried out by Senusret III.

In terms of foreign relations, the Middle Kingdom pharaohs made numerous military excursions into Nubia. Senusret I and Senusret III were the most active pharaohs in campaigning against Nubia; both of them extended Egypt's southern border, and built several large forts to bolster their claim. Senusret III also led the first Egyptian military campaign against the Levant, although Egypt's relations with the Near East were mostly commercial during this period.

By the time of Amenemhat IV, the crown's power was beginning to wane; this process was accelerated when Amenemhat IV was succeeded by Sobekneferu, the first reliably attested female king of Egypt. Sobekneferu reigned for only four years and then died heirless, bringing about the end of the Twelfth Dynasty. The Thirteenth Dynasty was thus inaugurated by about a decade of civil strife. It eventually stabilized somewhat, but by this point Egypt was beginning to fracture again, with local rulers arising in Xois and the Hyksos taking over in Avaris. This fragmentation marked the decline into the Second Intermediate Period.

Senusret III[]

Senusret III was a pharaoh of Twelfth Dynasty who ruled Egypt at the height of the Middle Kingdom. He was the son of his predecessor, Senusret II; there is little evidence that the two shared a co-regency before Senusret III ascended in his own right in 1878 BC. During his own reign, Senusret III was a vigorous campaigner who sought to expand Egypt's influence in both Nubia and the Near East. He is most famous for his series of Nubian campaigns, during which he built a number of large forts near the First and Second Cataracts of the Nile, including Buhen, Semna, and Uronarti. He also cleared a canal through the First Cataract, making it easier to travel from Nubia to the Egyptian heartland. Senusret's campaign in the Levant was also the first known Egyptian military excursion in that region, and it saw him do battle with people called the Sekmem and Retjenu. Senusret III's military success brought about a period of prosperity that reduced the power of the nomarchs and allowed for increased artistic development.

Dawn of Man[]

LS PNG Senusret

Art by TopHatPaladin

"Senusret III, even during your lifetime you have been honored as not just a king but a god. This is because of the great victories you have brought upon Egypt, helping to push your kingdom to farther frontiers than any of your predecessors had reached. With the numerous forts you constructed, you were able to strongly impose your will upon Nubia, and with your canal through the First Cataract you made it easy to reinforce your conquests. You also became the first pharaoh in history to wage a military campaign in the Levant, forcing the Sekmem and Retjenu to acknowledge your strength. Even the Greeks would go on to recognize your glory, with the legend of Sesostris emerging around your deeds.

Great Senusret, your people long for the glories you once brought upon your kingdom. Can you repress your neighbors and prove the superiority of Egypt? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "I am Khakaure Senusret, king and god of Egypt. Have you come to pay homage?"

Defeat: "Kill me if you must, but know that I will be even more magnificent in death than I am in life."

Unique Attributes[]

Egypt (Senusret III)
IconPNG Senusret

Art by TopHatPaladin

Instructions of Amenemhat

Workers can build Citadels on River tiles, but are expended by doing so. Greatwork Great Works of Writing reduce the cost of Ranged Units in their cities.

IconPNG Smsw

Art by TopHatPaladin

Smsw (Composite Bowman)
  • +25% strength against Scouts and Mounted units
  • Has +1 Range when beginning its turn on a Fort or Citadel
IconPNG ScribalSchool

Art by TopHatPaladin

Scribal School (Library)
  • No maintenance cost
  • Contains a slot for a Great Work of Writing
  • If its city is built along a river, contains a Writer specialist slot
City List
  1. Thebes
  2. Itjtawy
  3. Elephantine
  4. Heliopolis
  5. Koptos
  6. Hermonthis
  7. Buhen
  8. Memphis
  9. Aswan
  10. El-Lisht
  11. Semna
  12. Abydos
  13. Hermopolis
  14. El-Tod
  15. Uronarti
  16. Heracleopolis
  17. Avaris
  18. Dahshur
  19. Mirgissa
  20. Edfu
  21. Crocodilopolis
  22. Medamud
  23. Thinis
  24. El-Lahun
  25. Kumma
  26. Per-Wadjet
  27. Qus
  28. Akhmim
  29. Busiris
  30. Hierakonpolis
  31. Asyut
  32. Harawa
Spy List
  • Amenemhat
  • Intefiqer
  • Sobekemhat
  • Khnumhotep
  • Ameny
  • Sinuhe
  • Keminub
  • Nofret
  • Neferthenut
  • Sithathoriunet
IconPNG Egypt


Peace Theme War Theme
Link Link
Nomads of the White Desert by Sarah Schachner Dead Kings and Living Gods by Sarah Schachner

Mod Support[]

Additional Achievements[]

The Legend of Sesostris

  • Win the game on any difficulty setting as Senusret III's Egypt.

Satire of the Trades

  • As Senusret III, have at least four Scribal Schools with filled specialist slots.

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now carving your block statues and burying your rishi coffins. I worry that the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 7 February 2022


  • TopHatPaladin: Design, Code, Art, Text
  • danrell: Unit Model
  • KyteM: Utilities
  • Sarach Schachner: Music
10th Anniversary Collection [edit]
Day 1
America (James Madison)Egypt (Senusret III)Holy Roman Empire (Frederick II)Aztecs (Itzcoatl)England (Henry V)Umayyads (Al-Walid I)Mycenae (Agamemnon)Jin (Sima Yan)France (Jeanne d'Arc)
Day 2
Sassanids (Shapur II)Japan (Shigeru Yoshida)Lanna (Mangrai)SenecaRussia (Elisabeth)Ottomans (Orhan)Mughals (Aurangzeb)Rome (Trajan)Songhai (Sonni Ali)
Day 3
Golden Horde (Öz Beg Khan) • Kassites (Kurigalzu I) • Māori (Potatau Te Wherowhero) • Goguryeo (Gwanggaeto) • Spain (Isabella II) • Denmark-Norway (Frederick II) • Inca (Tupac Yupanqui)
Day 4
Sweden (Christina) • Carthage (Mago)White Huns (Toramana)Ethiopia (Iyasu I)Mayans (Lady Xoc)Trebizond (Alexios II)Austria (Karl Renner)The Isles (Somerled)Anglo-Dutch (William III)
Day 5
Venice (Domenico Selvo)Zulu (Cetshwayo)Medang (Rakai Pikatan)Poland-Lithuania (Tadeusz Kosciuszko)Brazil (Medici)Portugal (Sebastiao de Carvalho)The Idrisids (Idris I)Assyria (Tiglath-Pileser III)Shoshone (Washakie)
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France (Louis XI)Franks (Clovis)GaelsHoly Roman Empire (Frederick II)Holy Roman Empire (Otto I)LatviaRome (Romulus)
AleutAztec (Tlacaelel)BoliviaCheyenneColonial BrazilGuaycuruHohokamOmaguaTarascan StateWampanoagYellowknives