The best games set in ancient Rome 2024

Looking for a good game set in ancient Rome? We have created a list of the best games 2024 set in Roman antiquity.

What are games set in Roman antiquity?

In this list you will find games, expansions, promos, etc. that thematically or playfully represent ancient Rome. So, these are games that are related to the glorious Roman Empire and the ancient Roman culture.

For board games set in the city of Rome (regardless of era), we have created a separate list: games set in Rome (Latium, Italy).

By the way, in German "Rome (antiquity)" means "Rom (Antike)".

Examples of games set in ancient Rome:

A good example of a game set in ancient Rome is, for example, Concordia.

List of the best games 2024 set in ancient Rome:

This list was last updated on February 25, 2024. We compared 526 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Concordia

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    Concordia is a peaceful yet strategic board game set in Roman times, focusing on economic development and expansion. It is designed for 2-5 players aged 13 and up.

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2014

    More details for Concordia
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 100 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Concordia

    • YouTube Review for the game "Concordia" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Concordia" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  2. Concordia Venus

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    Concordia Venus is a standalone reimplementation of the classic Concordia, enhancing the peaceful strategy game set in Roman times. It's designed for 2-6 players aged 13 and up, focusing on economic development without the randomness of dice or cards. Strategy and planning are key as players expand their influence across various Roman cities.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Concordia Venus
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Concordia Venus

    • YouTube Review for the game "Concordia Venus" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Concordia Venus" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  3. The Downfall of Pompeii

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    The Downfall of Pompeii is a thematic and tactical board game that transports players to the ancient city of Pompeii, just before and during its catastrophic destruction by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The game combines strategic planning with an element of luck, as players attempt to save as many of their pieces as possible from the disaster.

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for The Downfall of Pompeii
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  4. Caesar's Empire

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    More details for Caesar's Empire
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!11€ atAmazon.de*
  5. Commands & Colors: Ancients

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    Commands & Colors: Ancients is a historical wargame that spans a vast period from the Dawn of Military History to the onset of the Dark Ages. This game, part of the acclaimed Commands & Colors system, offers players a unique opportunity to reenact famous battles with a focus on historical accuracy and strategic depth, all while maintaining streamlined gameplay.

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    More details for Commands & Colors: Ancients
    • 2 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  6. Fall of Rome

    All details for the board game Fall of Rome and similar games

    Pandemic: Fall of Rome is a unique cooperative board game that blends the classic gameplay of Pandemic with the historical setting of the Roman Empire's decline. In this game, players work together as citizens, soldiers, and allies of Rome, tasked with defending the empire against various barbarian tribes like the Anglo-Saxons, Goths, Vandals, and Huns. The game requires players to strategically recruit armies, fortify cities, and forge alliances to halt the onslaught of invaders.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Fall of Rome
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  7. Ave Caesar

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    Ave Caesar is a race game set in ancient Rome, where players maneuver chariots around the Circus Maximus using cards. The track design includes challenging elements like bottlenecks and lane restrictions, reminiscent of modern racing games like Detroit-Cleveland Grand Prix and Daytona 500. Players must complete three laps and make a strategic stop to 'Hail Caesar' before crossing the finish line. The game balances light strategy with the need for careful planning, especially when navigating corners.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

    More details for Ave Caesar
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  8. Carpe Diem

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    In Carpe Diem, players step into the roles of wealthy patricians in ancient Rome, striving to build prosperous city districts and accumulate prestigious points. Designed by the accomplished game designer Stefan Feld, this board game offers a unique and engaging gaming experience.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Carpe Diem
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 75 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  9. Rise of Augustus

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    Rise of Augustus (also known simply as Augustus) is a tactical board game where players take on the role of powerful leaders during the era of Augustus Caesar, competing to complete various objectives for power and victory points. The game combines elements of strategic planning and luck, with a unique mechanism involving the drawing of symbols and the placement of legionnaire meeples.

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2013

    More details for Rise of Augustus
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Rise of Augustus

    • YouTube Review for the game "Rise of Augustus" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  10. Julius Caesar: Caesar, Pompey, and the Roman Civil War

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    • 2 Players
    • 60 - 180 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  11. Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery

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    Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery is a board game that captures the intrigue, strategies, and violent conflicts depicted in the STARZ Original series. Players take on the roles of Dominus, heads of powerful houses in ancient Rome, vying for influence and power in the city of Capua. The game is known for its blend of political maneuvering, economic strategy, and gladiatorial combat.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery
    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 17+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  12. Glory to Rome

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    Glory to Rome transports players back to 64 A.D., where they take on the role of architects and planners aiding Emperor Nero in rebuilding Rome after the great fire. This card-based game combines city building with resource management in a historically themed setting.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

    More details for Glory to Rome
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  13. Imperial Settlers

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    Imperial Settlers is a dynamic card game where players lead one of four distinct factions - Romans, Barbarians, Egyptians, and Japanese - to build and expand their empires. It's a game of strategy and resource management, set in a newly discovered land ripe for exploration and conflict.

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 3.

    More details for Imperial Settlers
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Imperial Settlers

    • YouTube Review for the game "Imperial Settlers" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Imperial Settlers" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Imperial Settlers" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  14. Arena: Roma II

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  15. Gorus Maximus

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    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 20 - 45 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  16. Limes

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2014

    More details for Limes
    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  17. Roma

    All details for the board game Roma and similar games

    Roma is a strategic card and dice game set in ancient Rome, amidst a backdrop of political turmoil and power struggles. Players must cleverly use a variety of powerful cards, like the Tower and Praetorian Guard for defense or the Consul and Tribune for more subtle maneuvers, to gain the upper hand. The game is uniquely driven by a combination of card placement and dice rolling. Cards are placed at stations numbered 1-6, and players use dice rolled each turn to activate these stations and utilize the card effects for tactical advantage. These effects can manipulate gameplay, generate money, or grant victory points. The game ends when all victory points in play have been claimed, and the player with the most victory points emerges victorious. Additionally, Roma can be combined with its sequel, Arena: Roma II, for varied gameplay experiences.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Roma
    • 2 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Roma

    • YouTube Review for the game "Roma" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  18. Alea Iacta Est

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  19. Colosseum

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    Colosseum casts each player in the role of a Roman impresario during the grand era of the Amphitheatrum Flavium, the Colosseum. Tasked with producing spectacular events to attract the most spectators, players must skillfully manage resources, enhance their arenas, and enlist top performers to earn wealth, glory, and the coveted title of Grand Impresario.

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Colosseum
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  20. Pecunia non olet: Geld stinkt nicht

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2006

    More details for Pecunia non olet: Geld stinkt nicht
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Pecunia non olet: Geld stinkt nicht

    • YouTube Review for the game "Pecunia non olet: Geld stinkt nicht" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  21. Mare Nostrum: Empires

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    Mare Nostrum: Empires invites you into the ancient world, where you take the helm of a legendary empire surrounding the Mediterranean, dubbed "our sea" by the Romans. Your mission is to expand your empire's reach, trading far and wide, building markets, cities, and temples, and recruiting heroes to enhance your empire's glory. With options to play with 3-5 players, or up to 6 with the 'Atlas' expansion, strategy and foresight are key.

    More details for Mare Nostrum: Empires
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  22. Caesar's War: The Conquest of Gaul, 58-52 BC

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • Immediately playable
  23. Romans Go Home!

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!9€ atAmazon.de*
  24. Senators

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  25. Trajan

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    Trajan is a sophisticated board game set in ancient Rome, where players aim to expand their influence across various aspects of Roman society. Renowned for its unique central mechanism and strategic depth, the game is a creation of acclaimed designer Stefan Feld.

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

    More details for Trajan
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Hard to learn
    👍 Good price!34€ atAmazon.de*

    Video reviews for Trajan

    • YouTube Review for the game "Trajan" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  26. Caesar & Cleopatra

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    In Caesar & Cleopatra, a two-player card game, participants step into the roles of these iconic historical figures, with Caesar advocating for Rome's invasion of Egypt and Cleopatra fighting for its independence. The core of the game revolves around influencing Roman officials - Aedils, Quaestors, Senators, Pretorians, and Censors - using agent cards numbered 1 to 5. Players must strategically decide whether to play these agents face-down for secrecy or face-up for greater influence. Additionally, action cards like Assassins and Scouts add layers of strategy, allowing players to remove opposing agents or reveal hidden ones. The game progresses by revealing votes from the Roman officials, with the player having the most influence winning their support. The game concludes once all officials have chosen sides, with victory going to the player who has garnered the most support, factoring in bonus points for majorities in specific groups and certain hidden objectives.

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Caesar & Cleopatra
    • 2 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!55€ atAmazon.de*
  27. Time of Crisis: The Roman Empire in Turmoil, 235-284 AD

    All details for the board game Time of Crisis: The Roman Empire in Turmoil, 235-284 AD and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  28. Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage

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    Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage is a gripping, asymmetrical card-driven strategy game for two players, delving into the historical conflict between the Roman Republic and Carthage during approximately 200 BC. The game was masterfully designed by Mark Simonitch, renowned for his skill in creating engaging and historically rich board games.

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 2.

    More details for Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage
    • 2 Players
    • 40 - 200 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  29. Pecunia non olet (Second Edition)

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Pecunia non olet (Second Edition)

    • YouTube Review for the game "Pecunia non olet (Second Edition)" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  30. Tribune: Primus Inter Pares

    All details for the board game Tribune: Primus Inter Pares and similar games

    In Tribune: Primus Inter Pares, players embody powerful patrician families in ancient Rome, striving to attain the high office of the tribune. This strategic game, designed by Karl-Heinz Schmiel of Die Macher fame, masterfully blends worker placement and set collection mechanics. Players use their followers to collect cards, achieve objectives, and vie for control over various factions. Control is gained and maintained by playing specific card sets from those factions, with leadership changing hands when a stronger set is presented.

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for Tribune: Primus Inter Pares
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

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