Babylonian (Civ4)
Introduced in Beyond the Sword
Leaders Hammurabi
Unique Unit Bowman (replaces Archer )
Starting techs The Wheel
Unique Building Garden (replaces Colosseum)
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The Babylonian people represent a civilization in Civilization IV.


The Babylonians don't just walk the line between Builder and Warmonger: they've settled down to raise a civilization on it. Hammurabi's "Organized" trait and the health-yielding Garden building, the Babylonian replacement for the Colosseum, make Babylonian cities fast-growing affairs. But Hammurabi's "Aggressive" trait and the Bowman's significant bonus against melee units allow Babylonian players to wreak impressive early-game havoc.

Civilopedia EntryEdit

The Babylonian Empire was, rather than a new idea, a reinvigoration of the old Sumerian Empire, which had also occupied what is today Southern Iraq. Babylonia was formed from a collection of roughly a dozen city states and was named for its capital city of Babylon. Originally a disorganized region, Babylon and Babylonia began to grow as a center for culture, trade, and religion under the rule of Hammurabi in 1728 BC. Location of one of the seven ancient wonders - the Hanging Gardens - Babylonia became the jewel of the ancient world.

Hammurabi was the first known ruler of united Babylonia as well as its greatest lawgiver. Hammurabi's Code of Laws regulated Babylonian life in such a way as to make the consequences of most criminal acts publicly known. Citizens could then structure their behavior based on these laws leading to a more organized society. So comprehensive was the Babylonian Code that little about its laws or governmental system changed in the entirety of its 1,200 years of existence. Babylon was so revered for this system that cities and states as far as the Mediterranean would emulate it for centuries.

After the death of Hammurabi (1750 BC), the empire slowly declined in power and influence until it was eventually conquered by the Kassites (around 1600 BC) from what are now the mountains of Iran. The Kassites ruled over Babylonia for 576 years, reinvigorating the empire under their reign. Although Hammurabi ruled over Babylonia as a series of interconnected city states, the Kassites were the first rulers of Babylonia to transform the country into an organized territory. The Kassites created trade routes to countries as far away as Greece, Armenia and Turkey. Trade with these nations brought further wealth and status to Babylonia.

Towards the end of the Kassite era of rule, Babylonia once again began to fall into decline, in part due to external political and military pressure. In 627 BC, the last Kassite ruler died, and Babylonia revolted under the command of a new leader, Nabopolassar. Nabopolassar's son, Nebuchadnezzar II, ruled Babylonia and brought about another golden era. During his rule, Babylonia became a military power, invading and taking territory in Egypt and Assyria. Not long afterwards, in 539 BC, Cyrus of Persia invaded Babylonia, conquering it, and forever ending Babylonia's existence as an independent territory.

Despite numerous regime changes, education reached exceptional heights among the Babylonians. Technical achievements such as the creation of a base 60, "sexigesimal," system of mathematics, are still used to this day. Sixty seconds per minute, sixty minutes per hour: modern time, is in fact, Babylonian time.

Much like the Sumerian Empire from which they were descended, Babylonia was a nation of fanatical record-keepers. Starting with Hammurabi and continuing down until the empire's dissolution at the hands of Cyrus and the great Persian emperors, every financial transaction, every court verdict, every contract, and just about anything that could be written down, was - on clay tablets. With laws pertaining to almost every aspect of daily living, a significant amount of data was recorded, and much of this has been uncovered and excavated during the modern era. Researchers have even found several optical devices, similar to magnifying glasses, which were used to allow record keepers to write in smaller cuneiform, in order to fit more information on each clay tablet.

Babylonia played an important role in the development of law throughout the world. The creation of Hammurabi's Code of Laws, and the zeal with which his successors, both blood-related and not, upheld those laws, demonstrated for all of history how successful and wealthy a nation could become by following an organized system of government.

List of CitiesEdit

Founding Order City Name Notes
1 Babylon Capital of Babylonia; principal religious centre of Mesopotamia from 18th c.
2 Akkad (Agade) Capital of Akkadian empire, precursor of Babylon
3 Dur-Kurigalzu Important Babylonian city and capital under Kassite rule
4 Nippur (Neighbour) Principal religious city in Sumer, important Kassite centre
5 Borsippa Important Babylonian city, always dependent on Babylon
6 Sippar (Zimbir) Major trading centre near Babylon
7 Opis Major city and once capital of Babylonia, near Baghdad (later Ctesiphon)
8 Mari Important trading city near northern border of Babylonia
9 Shushan (Susa) Important Babylonian city under Kassite rule and in Neo-Babylonia
10 Eshnunna (Tell Asmar) Major fortress city and Old Babylonian regional capital
11 Ellasar (Larsa) Important city throughout Babylonian times
12 Erech (Uruk/Unug/Warka) Important Sumerian city and trading centre
13 Kutha (Kutu) Ancient trading centre near Babylon
14 Sirpurla (Lagash) Large and important trading centre in Sumer
15 Neribtum (Ishchali) Important religious centre in Old Babylonian times
16 Ashur Capital of Assyria
17 Nineveh 2nd city of Assyria
18 Nimrud 3rd city of Assyria
19 Arbela Important Assyrian city
20 Nuzi Important Assyrian city
21 Arrapkha Important Assyrian city
22 Jarmo Important Assyrian site
23 Tutub (Khafaje) City that once fell under Eshnunna rule in Old Babylonian times
24 Shaduppum Administrative and religious centre ruled by Eshnunna in Old Babylonia
25 Rapiqum Babylonian city near Mari in Old Babylonia
26 Mashkan-Shapir Important political centre in Old Babylonian times
27 Tuttul (Hit) Principal centre of bitumen collection in Babylon
28 Ramadi Important centre of bitumen collection in Babylon
29 Ana Babylonian city, agricultural and trading centre near Mari
30 Haradum Founded as a border city in Old Babylonia, near Mari
31 Agrab Important Akkadian city near Baghdad
32 Uqair Ancient Akkadian site near Baghdad
33 Gubba Babylonian site north of Baghdad
34 Hafriyat Akkadian site near Nippur
35 Nagar (Tell Brak) (Pre-)Akkadian city in Syria
36 Shubat-Enlil (Tell Leilan) Northern Akkadian capital in Syria, sacked by Babylon
37 Urhai (Edessa) Hurrian/Mitanni city near Harran, part of Neo-Babylonian empire
38 Erekha (Arrapkha/Kirkuk) Babylonian city near Assyrian border
39 Urkesh Akkadian city in Syria
40 Awan Major Elamite city and once capital, at various times under Babylonian rule
41 Riblah City in Israel; Nebuchadnezzar's headquarters for his western campaigns
42 Tayma Major Saudi oasis city; Babylonian king Nabonidus retired here and built palaces

Unit DialogueEdit

The Babylonian units speak Akkadian. Corresponding English dialogue appears in parentheses.

Order000: (As you wish!)

Order001: (Move out!)

Order002: Anna! (Certainly! or Yes!)

Order003: (We're on it!)

Order004: (No problem!)

Order005: (Consider it done!)

Order006: Damāqu! (Good!)

Order007: (On our way!)

Order008: (Let's get moving!)

Order009: (You can count on us!)

Select000: (Reporting for duty!)

Select001: (At your service!)

Select002: (Tell me what to do!)

Select003: (Awaiting your orders!)

Select004: (Ready for action!)

Select005: Mīnu tēmu? (What's the plan?)

Select006: Mīnu? (What?)

Select007: (Your orders?)

Select008: (What do you need?)

Select009: Same as Order009 (All present and accounted for!)