So I've tried starting a game as Egypt at the earliest starting date and I get smashed by the Seleucids without fail each time. I've tried massing my admittedly huge armies that I start with but they have better generals and access to horses. Elephants don't seem to do much good and from a statistical perspective I don't see the use of them, but then again I don't really know what they are supposed to do.
I always see the AI do well and Egypt tends to be the most powerful late game in most of my games.
Anyone else had any luck? I'm open to any advice!