Pulling this from my thread I made on Reddit about 15 days ago but with slight modifications. Curious to hear your opinions here and I encourage you to read until the end as there will be a poll.
The original developers wanted to bring in the Romans in the game but somehow this plan failed. The Atlanteans were given some Roman units such as the Murmillo (a type of gladiator from Rome).
According to this:
^ The Romans had over 109 unique units to choose from.
And how about the different types of gladiators? List of Roman army unit types - Wikipedia
^ 25 different types of gladiators including the one we know, the Murillos.
This is a huge list with so many options to choose from!
This means that the current developers won’t have a headache in brainstorming new costumes, made up language, and architecture design because the Roman culture had already existed. To use ideas from history is like literally using cliffnotes. It’s just easier and it resonates with the people who are into history.
In addition, "The Atlanteans are a mythical civilization. However they do draw considerable inspiration from The Romans (whom were also originally considered for the expansion). This can be seen in the:
- Destroyers are based on the Roman Legionary (circa 1st Century CE) and the Retiarius gladiator.
- Fanatics are based on the Dimachaerus, whom was a Roman gladiation that fashioned two swords, daggers or knives.
- Murmillos are based on the gladiator of the same name. Their interservice rivalry with the Destroyers is a reference to the fact Retiarii gladiators were pitted against a “secutor”, a gladiator armed similarly to the Murmillo.
- The Turma gets its name from a Roman Equite squadron.
- Contarii were Roman Cavalry Auxiliaries that wielded Lances.
- Arcus comes from the Latin word meaning Bow.
- Cheiroballistae are Roman Siege engines, essentially a large crossbow.
- Onagers were Roman siege engines, more specifically a type of torsion catapult.
- Fire Siphons and Fire Ships use the same technology that the Eastern Romans (or Byzantines) invented.
- Citizens wear clothes that resemble the traditional clothing of Basque people, who were part of the Roman Empire.
- Oracle comes from the Latin verb ōrāre, “to speak”."
So why not?
→ The developers should recreate their own Atlantean buildings, costumes, language, structures, and basic military units but retain its current bestiaries.
→ Switch the existing Atlantean military units to the Roman civ since they are directly ripped from them.
Now you might be thinking, “Well, what about the Roman bestiaries then?”
@Azmac93 posted his/her list of Roman bestiaries that might work:
“1. Faun (later associated with the Greek satyr) Note: Satyrs have horse characteristics while the fauns have goat characteristics.
2. Lemures (something like shades)
3. Lares (guardian spirits. also referred to as some kind of minor deities)
4. Caladrius (magic bird associated with healing)
5. Striges (something like vampire owls)
6. Ophiolatrous (Bull-serpent-hybrid)
7. Caucus (Cacus) (fire-breathing giant)
8. Griffin (appearing in many mythologies, not only Roman, but would fit good for roman aesthetics I guess)
9. Harpeia (basically harpyie from Greek mythology but very prominent in roman mythology and not used for the Greeks in the game)
10. Lion-headed men (creatures associated with the sun god Mithras)
11. Calopus or Aeternae (a deer with saw-toothed horns)
12. Jaculus ( a flying snake with a spear-like head)
13. Pyrallis (a large fly born in flames and associated with fire)”
So is this enough to warrant a Roman civilization which played a key part of ancient history?