How Do They Compare?
We used the social policy Patronage in the game because it makes it so much easier for you to make friends with the city-states and gain allies (and in Greece, which is mainly comprised of city-states, we daresay you'll agree that that is an enormous advantage). But for those of you who are more interested in history, you might wonder how our combination of the two components in the game compare with history.
Which is to say, how historically accurate is the social policy Patronage in conjunction with Greek history?
Well... It's pretty accurate.
First, Patronage includes several aspects or sub-policies: Philanthropy, Aesthetics, Scholasticism, Cultural Diplomacy, and Educated Elite.
Here's what they do:
1. Philanthropy has no prerequisites (it doesn't require you to have anything else before you can acquire it) and allows you to gain 25% more Influence in City-States through gold gifts.
2. Aesthetics also has no prerequisites, and provides you with a minimum of 20 Influence in all your surrounding City-States.
3. Scholasticism has one prerequisite (Philanthropy) and makes it so your allied City-States provide a Science Bonus equal to 25% of what they themselves produce.
4. Cultural Diplomacy has Scholasticism as a prerequisite and increases the Quantity of Resources gifted by City-States by a full 100%. In addition to that, Happiness from increased Luxuries increases by 50%.
5. Educated Elite requires that you have both Scholasticism and Aesthetics, and makes it so Allied City-States will occasionally gift you Great People.
Here's how accurate they are:
1. Philanthropy is COMPLETELY accurate to history. The Greeks were much more willing to work together when they had something to gain, and gold was a rare enough form of currency that it was prized and valued throughout the country.
2. Aesthetics is completely inaccurate to history, at least in Greece. No matter how much more powerful they might have been together, the city-states ALL preferred their independence to interaction with one another, so having influence just by using this policy is not true to history.
3. Scholasticism is accurate in that—once the city-states DID begin to work and trade with one another—they began to share research and were able to make many advances not only in science, but also mathematics, literature, and philosophy.
4. Cultural Diplomacy is particularly accurate because in the Hellenistic Age of Greece (323-146 BCE), all of the city-states were wealthy and satisfied. Not only were they used to luxury, but they could also afford it. So Allied City-States in the game would be better able to sell and give you resources.
5. Educated Elite is also accurate in that, once the city-states began to pool their resources and research, their great scholars would work together, just as your Allied City-States will gift you Great People.
We could go on and on writing about the different historical accuracies and inaccuracies, but we know you probably don't want to read all of that. We all know history lectures are boring unless you have the right teacher. So instead, we made this movie detailing (and acting out) the accuracy of the Patronage Social Policy when used in conjunction with the Civilization of Greece in the game Civilization V. Hopefully you can SEE how the social policies relate to history as you watch it.
Those of you who like history lectures are crazy. Those of you who like history but don't like history lectures, this is for you! Hopefully you'll at least you'll get a laugh out of it.
(Note: Don't forget to pause the music—located at the bottom of the page—before watching!)