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Sparta, led by Leonidas, is a custom civilisation mod by More Civilisations. More specifically, it features contributions by Pouakai, Janboruta, JFD, Tomatekh, Sukritact, Andrew Holt, Leugi, Irkalla, einayim, DarthStarkiller, and Chrisy15.

This civilisation is part of the Greek Civilization Split, and requires the Brave New World expansion pack.



The idea of Sparta is one of the most evocative in the Western consciousness. A proud warrior society, the original army with a state, Sparta has become almost mythologized over the millennia as the exemplar of a laconic martial discipline. Sparta built this reputation in the Hellenistic mediterranean through the development of a rigid communal military culture, a nearly single-minded focus on preparing the young men of the state for service as soldiers. Though Sparta would decline and fade after the rise of Macedon and Rome, the idea of Sparta has lived on into modernity in a romanticised form.


MC Sparta Leaderhead

Leaderscene by Leugi

Leonidas I was one of two Kings of Sparta during the middle phase of the Persian War. An able and respected commander, Leonidas was chosen to head up the defense of the pass at Thermopylae, the bulwark that would decide whether or not the armies of Xerxes could enter Boeotia, and then the rest of the Greek mainland. The outnumbered Greek forces held off the Persians for three days, but it was Leonidas’ heroic last stand with his Hippeis of 300 Spartans on the last day that allowed for the escape of the remainder of the Greek force. Though he perished in battle, his sacrifice allowed for the eventual defeat of the Persians.

Dawn of Man[]

May Ares guide your spear, noble Leonidas, descendant of Heracles and of Zeus; your people rally to your side on the field of battle.  You are the ruler of Sparta, a powerful civilization with a proud military tradition.  From humble beginnings as a small city state in the Peloponnese, Sparta's influence and importance grew quickly, rising to prominence under legendary King Menelaus, who led the Spartans to war against Troy.

From Menelaus, the title of King passed through the ages until it fell along the Agiad line to you, Leonidas the Brave; and along the Eurypontid line to your lesser counterpart, the disgraced Leotychidas.   With the wisdom of the Oracle of Apollo, you proudly led your forces, along with those of your fellow Greeks, against your common, much larger foe – the Persians.  You and your forces met them at the pass of Thermopylae and held your line against wave after wave of Persian onslaught.  Alas, it was the decision of the gods that, on that fateful day, you and your men were to be overcome by those vile Persians, who would send you to walk the Elysian fields.

Mighty Leonidas, your people call for you to lead them into battle once more.  Will you answer the call to war, thus ensuring the legend of Sparta will be forever known?  Will you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?

Introduction: Before you speak, know that in Sparta everyone - even a king's messenger - is held accountable for the words of his voice. Now, what message do you bring?

Introduction: Who dares interrupt me, great king of Sparta? Choose your next words carefully, for they may be your last.

Defeated: This is not possible. You have won only through treachery and deceit, methods not befitting a warrior. You disgrace me.

Defeated: Enjoy your moment of glory while it lasts. You will not survive the year, lest you relinquish control of that which is not yours.

Unique Attributes[]

Sparta (Leonidas)

Art by Janboruta

Walls of Sparta

Following your first Great General, receive an infantry unit every time your capital grows. Capturing cities may grant a free Citizen citizen in your Capital Capital

Hoplite (Sparta)

Art by Janboruta

Hoplite (Spearman)
  • +15% Strength Strength (13 vs 11)
  • +20% Strength combat bonus while defending
  • +15% Strength If adjacent to another melee unit
Systia Hall

Art by Janboruta

Syssitia Hall (Walls)
  • Provides no Strength City Strength or Health
  • +15 Experience towards new units trained in the city it was built.
  • +2 CultureIcon Culture
City List
  1. Sparta
  2. Messene
  3. Tegea
  4. Corinth
  5. Elis
  6. Olympia
  7. Mantiea
  8. Epidauros
  9. Phigaelia
  10. Amyklai
  11. Therapne
  12. Gytheion
  13. Geronthrai
  14. Helos
  15. Kythera
  16. Pylos
  17. Pharai
  18. Oitylos
  19. Pellana
  20. Thouria
  21. Thalamai
  22. Kyparissa
  23. Kyphanta
  24. Methoni
  25. Sikyon
  26. Ambrakia
Spy List
  • Achilles
  • Ajax
  • Agemmemnon
  • Menelaus
  • Odysseus
  • Patroclus
  • Nestor
  • Helen
  • Thetis
  • Gorgo


Sparta Icon


Peace Theme War Theme

Mod Support[]

Mod Support
Community Balance Patch
Ethnic Units
Map Labels
Unique Cultural Influence

Events and Decisions[]

Call the Greeks to War!
A neighboring prince has stolen our beloved wife from the palace, taking her to the capital of their empire. Such a deed must not go unpunished and must be met with a show of force from all the Greek states!
  • Player must be Sparta
  • Player must be at war
  • Must be Friendly with or able to demand Tribute from at least 1 City-State
  • May only be enacted once per game
  • 500 Gold Gold
  • 1 Magistrates Magistrate
  • Receive 1 Military Unit from every City-State with which you are at least Friendly or able to demand Tribute
Institute the Krypteia
The Ephors have heard whispers of revolution among the helots. To combat these malcontents, the best of the Spartiates shall be trained in the arts of secret warfare. They will hunt down the rebels in shadows where they lurk. As any helot might harbor such sentiments, all will be subject to the swift judgement of the kryptes.
  • Player must be Sparta
  • Must have researched Bronze Working
  • May only be enacted once per game
  • 200 CultureIcon Culture
  • 3 turns of Resistance Resistance in your Capital
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrates
  • -25% Unhappiness Unhappiness from the number of your Cities
  • Courthouses provide +15 XP for newly trained units

Delphic Oracle

Faced with invasion from foreign hordes, we have sought an audience with Apollo's Oracle in Delphi, to provide divine guidance through these times. The Oracle has told us that either our king must fall in battle, or our city will.
Option 1: Very well, I shall lead my troops to war.
  • A Great General appears near your Capital
Option 2: Bah, our men will fall to no army!
  • 1 turn of Resistance Anarchy
  • All current Units gain +15 XP

Eleusinian Mysteries

A mysterious new cult has appeared in your capital. Their secretive practices are causing some concerns amongst outsiders, who are requesting you take action.
Option 1: We will outlaw the cult and punish those who participate!
  • Your Religion loses 2 followers in your Capital Capital
  • A 'We Love the King Day' is triggered in your Capital Capital
Option 2: We must allow them to practice their religion in peace.
  • 1 turn of Resistance Resistance in your Capital Capital

Olympic Games

The greatest sporting competition in all of Greece is nearly upon us. The Olympic Games promise glory and honour for the champions and their nations. We must decide our level of involvement in this year's games.
Option 1: Sponsor an athlete!
  • Lose {1_iCost} Gold Gold
  • 25% chance to suffer 1 turn of Resistance Anarchy
  • 75% chance to enter a Goldenage Golden Age
Option 2: Send an envoy!
  • Lose {1_iCost} Gold Gold
  • Your Capital Capital celebrates a 'We Love the King Day'
Option 3: We will not participate this time
  • No effect

Mount Olympus

Your citizens are flocking to the city of {1_CityDesc}, due to a rapidly spreading belief that a nearby mountain is home to the pantheon of gods.
Option 1: Adopt the belief into our dogma!
  • +3 FaithIcon Faith in the city, Trade Routes with the city produce +1 FaithIcon Faith.
Option 2: Let them believe what they want, the pilgrims are good for the economy!
  • +3 Gold Gold in the city, Trade Routes with the city produce +1 Gold Gold.


The women of {1_iName} have gathered together to honour Demeter in the time honoured tradition of Thesmophoria, hoping to garner the blessing of the goddess and ensure a bountiful harvest.
Option 1: Let us hope that their actions please Demeter!
  • +25% Food Growth in {1_iName} for 10 turns

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now eating syssita and following strict military codes! I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List[]

Greek Civilisation Split
Dropbox Download
Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 6 July 2016

  • Pouakai: Base Code.
  • Janboruta: Art (Leader Icon, Unique Component Icons).
  • Tomatekh: Lua (E&D).
  • Andrew Holt: Dawn of Man voiceover
  • Sukritact: Art (Map, Civ Icon, Unit Model), Lua.
  • Leugi: Art (Leaderscene).
  • Irkalla: Code.
  • einayim: Text.
  • DarthStarkiller: TSL Values.
  • Chrisy15: Code

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