There are a few good games that are centered around ancient time periods. They involve combat, trading, politics, and strategy. If you are looking to be challenged and have fun, try one of these games.
"Civilization III" is an empire building game that takes place in ancient times. Build up your empire through military, economical, and diplomatic influences. This game has lots of action, as well as involved strategy. Strategy fans will love this game, while those who haven't really gotten into city building games will change their minds. The Complete Edition includes the expansion packs for "Civilization III."
"Emperor" moves the city building from the Mediterranean to Ancient China. Play multiple dynasties, play online with or against other players, create scenarios, and pay tribute to gods in this city building sim.
"Civilization III" is a good game to help describe what "Age of Empires" is all about. You'll have a variety of civilizations to chose from, each with their own specialties. As your civilization progresses through time, you'll have more buildings, combat units, and types of warfare available to you. The Gold Edition includes the expansion pack "Rise of Rome."
4. "Zeus"In this game you will build and rule cities in ancient Greece and Atlantis. You'll engage in trades, combat, and politics. This game is similar to "Pharoah" or "Caesar III." Except it has better scenarios and gameplay. This is a great city building game that will keep you up for hours.
5. "Pharoah""Pharaoh" is another ancient city building game, this time in Egypt. In this game you are in charge of building monuments, pyramids, temples, and of course, taking care of the citizens. You'll have challenging missions to complete. The missions involve getting a particular population and cultural achievements. Fans of Egyptian history and city building games will enjoy "Pharaoh."
"Caesar" is the "SimCity" of the ancient times. You'll have to be ready to defend yourself against enemies, bring happiness to your citizens, and please Caesar. I recommend this game to anyone with a love for city management games, challenges, and doesn't care about fancy graphics and sound.
"Shogun Total War" brings you back in time to the 16th century during the wars in Japan. The last leadership collapsed, leaving Japan divided into many small fractions. Each fraction leader is out to take over the country. And you are one of those leaders. You'll have to use economic strengths, strategic campaigns, and politics to overcome them all.