As Darius of Persia, I was running just behind Justinian in tech. Willem finished the Internet 2 turns before me, so that was a big kick in the pants. I stole a few techs from Justinian, but made the fatal mistake of stealing Laser instead of Fiber Optics. Justinian built his Engines from Fusion while he was researching Genetics, which I already had. He launched his ship one turn before I launched mine. I knew I was going to lose, and by only one turn. I was playing out the last few turns, and with three turns to go, I got a message: "Ramesses II has won a Cultural Victory!" We were so busy trying to put our spaceships together, we never realized that Egypt had become the place to be. So I lost anyway, but at least Justinian didn't beat me.