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I picked up a "light read" for myself on a recent trip (specifically A History of the World in Twelve Maps by Jerry Brotton), and I found it striking how similar it is in its historical narrative to some of the game play and events--in particular to EU4 and Imperator: Rome. I also note it's copyright date of 2012 falls a year before the EU4 release.

The trip included a stop in Rome and the obligatory visit to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel...but I was struck by the Gallery of Maps (Galleria delle Carte Geografiche), and how similar the painted maps are to the appearance of the Imperator: Rome maps.

For example, Napoli and environs with Via Appia featured prominently....


It got me thinking, what sources did the devs consult during game development?

And a follow-up question for anyone else who likes to dork-out on this kind of stuff, what books--obliquely related to I:R, EU4, CK2--do you recommend?
 

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I don’t think they usually reveal exact sources, but one of the devs has commented that they usually look into a fairly recent academic source/book on the topic/period/area when preparing an expansion.