What's a good "par time" for cultural victory (not your best time, but an average time), and what do you think is the best way to achieve it? I've only attempted cultural victories twice and both times involved running a specialist economy in conjunction with the Pyramids. My basic train of thought was that I could run artist specialists for culture and great people and at the same time get some decent beakers from Representation's beaker bonus. However, I'm wondering if this isn't such a great idea after all. The biggest problem is trying to find three city sites that have a sufficiently large amount of food to feed specialists. Another problem is that my cities hit their health caps pretty quickly, and I don't have anyway to deal with it (I might play as Peter next time I try for his health bonus). A final problem is that when I'm running so many specialists, I'm not getting many hammers to build culture producing buildings with, and it's hard to decide on an acceptable balance between specialists and worked tiles. I've heard of a strategy for cultural victory that uses a cottage economy to get to a certain tech level (at least to Liberalism for Free Speech) and then run culture slider at 100%. But I don't like deliberately falling behind in techs, so I don't want to try this.