First off I'll tell you my civ and leader, Gandhi of Rome... Stragety from the get go; get a huge population, produce great scientists like it's my day job, use pacifism for the extra points, philosophical trait of Gandhi and the forum of Rome. This game was on emperor. I started on a continents map, with 3 neighbors on my continent. Vikings, Greeks, and Persians. I expanded, got lucky and had three things of gold near by! one in my capitals bfc along with some corn and pig not too far away. I acquired the resources/ land I wanted with 5 cities. I built the mids and adopted representation [no anarchy thanks to Gandhi] I made Rome the capital of all capitals, especially in science with all great scientific wonders. I got pacifism, founded Taosim, and adopted pacifism. With forums, the Parthenon, the great library, Gandhi's traits, and pacifism I so far ahead in techs. Then the stupid Vikings declared war on me after I kept on denying to join the war with them against the Greeks. [I'm in between the two]. Welll I've got long bowmen and cross bowmen protecting my cities against swordsmen. I then make a praetorian army [I've got plenty of money] I go, sack two of his cities and take two. The war ends, I didn't really want to continue the fight, I delete my army so they wont hurt my economy so much anymore. And I'm now generating a great scientist at 72% [28% great artist] every 7 turns. I have academies in all of my cities. It's going good in other words.