Introduced in Gods & Kings
|Titles||Queen of Carthage|
|Date of birth||~800 B.C.|
|Date of death||~800 B.C.|
|Preferred victory||Domination Victory|
|Voice actor/actress||Julie Fainer|
Dido is the leader of Carthaginian Empire in Civilization V: Gods & Kings.
Her unique ability will allow Carthagainian units to cross mountains (after their first Great General is acquired) but will lose 50HP if they end their turn on a mountain. Also, all coastal cities begin with a free harbor.
Dido speaks Canaaninte/Phoenician, with modern Israeli accent. She stands on the palace with a blush night sky.
Unique Units: African Forest Elephant, Quinquireme
Unique Ability: Phoenician Heritage
Voice Actress: Julie Fainer
|Wonder Competitiveness||4 (6-2)|
|City State Influence Competitiveness||5 (7-3)|
|Hate Warmongers||4 (6-2)|
|Willingness to Denounce||5 (7-3)|
|Willingness to Declare Friendship||6 (8-4)|
|Offensive Unit Production||6 (8-4)|
|Defensive Unit Production||5 (7-3)|
|Defensive Building Production||5 (7-3)|
|Military Training Buildings Production||6 (8-4)|
|Recon Unit Production||4 (6-2)|
|Ranged Unit Production||5 (7-3)|
|Mobile Unit Production||6 (8-4)|
|Naval Unit Production||8 (10-6)|
|Naval Recon Unit Production||7 (9-5)|
|Air Unit Production||5 (7-3)|
|Naval Growth||7 (9-5)|
|Naval Tile Improvements||7 (9-5)|
|Water Connections||8 (10-6)|
|Tile Improvements||5 (7-3)|
|Infrastructure (Roads)||3 (5-1)|
|Production emphasis||5 (7-3)|
|Science Emphasis||5 (7-3)|
|Gold Emphasis||7 (9-5)|
|Culture Emphasis||4 (6-2)|
|Happiness Emphasis||5 (7-3)|
|Great People Emphasis||6 (8-4)|
|Wonder Emphasis||3 (5-1)|
|Religion Emphasis||5 (7-3)|
|Diplomacy Victory||5 (7-3)|
|Spaceship Victory||5 (7-3)|
|Use of Nukes||5 (7-3)|
|Use of Espionage||5 (7-3)|
|Likeliness to Declare War||7 (9-5)|
|Likeliness to be Hostile||4 (6-2)|
|Likeliness to be Deceptive||5 (7-3)|
|Likeliness to be Guarded||6 (8-4)|
|Likeliness to be Afraid||4 (6-2)|
|Likeliness to be Friendly||4 (6-2)|
|Likeliness to be Neutral||4 (6-2)|
|Ignore City States||4 (6-2)|
|Friendliness to City States||6 (8-4)|
|Protection of City States||5 (7-3)|
|Conquest of City States||6 (8-4)|
|Bullying of City States||6 (8-4)|
Lived: c. 800 BC
Titles: Queen of Carthage
The story of Dido, Queen of Carthage, is, as most legends are, filled with intrigue and deception. Retold through the words of Roman historians and later the esteemed poet Virgil in his epic the Aeneid, Dido's tale begins with her life as the daughter of King Mattan of Tyre. The Kingdom of Tyre was part of the ancient Phoenician civilization, geographically located in what is today modern Lebanon. Dido, who was often referred to as "Elissa" in the ancient historical records, was heir to the throne of Tyre following her father's death, sometime around 800 BC. Named joint-ruler with her brother, Pygmalion, Dido's rule was not widely accepted by the people. Despite her father's intention for her to share the throne with her brother, Pygmalion was recognized as King of Tyre, and Dido was left with little authority.
Not long after, Dido was married to a priest named Acerbas, who, by some accounts may have been her uncle. Acerbas is said to have been possessed of considerable wealth, which he concealed by burying his treasures underground. King Pygmalion, knowing of this wealth, had Acerbas murdered in hopes of claiming the gold that would rightfully go to his sister. Although accounts vary, Dido eventually became aware of her husband's death at the hands of her brother. The ghost of Acerbas himself is said to have appeared before her one night and warned her to flee the kingdom, while at the same time revealing the location of his hidden gold. It was the careful formation of her plan to escape Pygmalion's grasp that provided history's first glimpse of the clever nature for which Dido was best known.
In order to keep from arousing her brother's suspicions, Dido told Pygmalion she wished to travel the world, with the intention of sending tribute and gifts back to Tyre. Agreeing to her trip, Pygmalion provided Dido with a small fleet of ships and various servants to help her prepare for the journey. After quietly loading the ships with bags of gold from Acerbas' hoard, Dido set her plan in motion. In order to deceive Pygmalion, Dido ordered the servants to load bags filled with sand on to the upper decks, to be used as decoys. After setting sail, Dido declared the gold to be an offering to the spirit of her dead husband, and had the bags of sand thrown overboard into the sea. Pygmalion, thinking the gold was lost forever, made no attempt to pursue Dido or her party.
Now searching for a new home, Dido and her party first stopped on the island of Cyprus, where a group of local stragglers joined her crew. Eventually they made landfall along the coast of northern Africa, and began negotiating a price with the local chieftain for a small piece of land on which to found their new settlement. As the agreement went, Dido could have as much land as she could encompass with a single ox hide, with the local leader believing he was getting quite a deal. The quick-witted Dido conceived of another angle on the proposal; by cutting the ox hide into thin strips, then into even smaller fibers, she created a length of rope long enough to encircle a wide area including a prominent hill nearby. Thus, the city of Carthage was founded, and Dido's legacy as a crafty and capable leader was sealed.
Dido ruled Carthage as its first queen, and, as the legend continues, was eventually the object of several suitors, including the Trojan prince Aeneas. In Virgil's account, Aeneas was brought to Carthage through the manipulative workings of the Greek gods. Dido and Aeneas became lovers, and when Aeneas left Dido to continue on his journey, Dido was so distraught that she committed suicide.
Judgment of HistoryEdit
It is difficult to judge a legendary figure such as Dido, for her achievement in the founding of mighty Carthage still remains steeped in myth and mystery. Despite the lore surrounding her life, Dido's reputation as a cunning leader lives on in history and her tale continues to garner interest to this day.
LinesEditIntro: The Phoenicians welcome you to this most pleasant kingdom. I am Dido, the queen of Carthago and all that belongs to it [lit. The Canaanite bless you to the most pleasant kingdom. I am Dido, the queen of Qart Hadasht and everything that is hers). brwkw hknʻnh ʼt ʼth lmmlkt hnʻmn. ʼnwk didw hmlkt qrt hdšt wkwl hwʼ lh.
Declares War: Tell me, do you-all know how numerous my armies, elephants and the *gdadons (the ones that cut apart, probably warships) are? <laughs> No? Today, you-all shall find out... dybr ly, tdʻw kmh rb mḥnt wpylym whgddnym? <laughs> bl? tdʻw hywm!
Attacked: Fate is against you. You earned the animosity of Carthago by your ??? ???. Your days are numbered. [lit. Fate doesn't describe you. You uncovered the animosity of Carthago by your ? May your day fail/go out] bl ʼrš mzl ʼt ʼth. glyt ʼt šnʼt qrt hdšt b??? ???. pwq ywmk!
Defeated: The fates became to hate me. This is ? You wouldn't destroy us so without their help. nšnh mzlym ʼty. znh ????. ʼth bl tšḥwtw bly ʻzr mn šhm!
HateHello: What now? mh ʻkšwt hywm?
HateLetsHearIt01: You were saying? dybrt?
HateLetsHearIt02: Go on. hlk
HateNo01: You are not honest! [lit. you are not straight!] ʼth bl yšr!
HateNo02: What?! [lit. What did you say!?] mh dybrt!?
HateYes01: Fine, fine... nʻm, nʻm
HateYes02: If I must* [lit. If I will ??? this] ʼm ???? zn
NeutralHello: It is done/complete (could also mean innocent/honest)
NeutralLetsHearIt01: Lets hear it [lit. allow me to hear it] ʼršn šmʻ zn
NeutralLetsHearIt02: Go on hlk
NeutralNo01: This is not enough [lit. Make (it) sufficient] tšpwq
NeutralNo02: No. bl
NeutralNo03: Don't request this!/This is not a valid request! bl bqš!
NeutralYes01: Done [lit. (it is) complete] tm
NeutralYes02: Fine. nʻm
Request: I had an idea and I realised I should ??? it to you! ʼnwk ḥšb dybr wydʻty, t???? lʻth!
Blessings and salutations to you, revered Queen Dido, founder of the legendary kingdom of Carthage. Chronicled by the words of the great poet Virgil, your husband Acerbas was murdered at the hands of your own brother, King Pygmalion of Tyre, who subsequently claimed the treasures of Acerbas that were now rightfully yours. Fearing the lengths from which your brother would pursue this vast wealth, you and your compatriots sailed for new lands. Arriving on the shores of North Africa, you tricked the local king with the simple manipulation of an ox hide, laying out a vast expanse of territory for your new home, the future kingdom of Carthage.
Clever and inquisitive Dido, the world longs for a leader who can provide a shelter from the coming storm, guided by brilliant intuition and cunning. Can you lead the people in the creation of a new kingdom to rival that of once mighty Carthage? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?