(if someone has a better title for this thread, please let me know...). I had a problem in the last game I played. I had a conquest going against a large (cultured) opponent, but had 2 very cultured opponents around him. After taking a city, before the city reverted to my control, the other civ's cultural boundries had completely enclosed my new city. After the flip, I had about 4 square I could work in the city. To make matters worse, I took another city before the first flipped, which left a large area of "unclaimed" land (east of my political boundries, and north & west of 2 other opponents). While I only lost a bit of land to cultural expansion (it was further away than the first city), this COULD have been settled by another AI settler...! Now, besides a great artist (using a work of art) - is there any other way to stop the expansion of culture like this? The first city was quite close to the boarder (about 2-3 tiles away), and by the time it reverted, it was 2 tiled deep into the other civ. Eventually it flipped to thier control anyway... This is the first time I have seen any kind of crazy expansion, but I think it's also the first time I took a city deep in the enemy's territory (closer to another opponet than to me).