There is, however, a needle in my site. The Greek city of Corinth is thier new Capitol, and is built upon a single island that is impenetrable...totally. My philosophers tell me that there is no hope in the near future of launching any sort of attack against Corinth, and that we must live with it's presence. I hate knowing that Greece still has this foot-hold in the heart of the Mediterranean, but I know that nothing can yet be done...
At Troy, this year, my troops assault. Unfortunately for me, my army was just as unfortunate as in the siege of Olympia; only a single army managed to survive the bloody ordeal and fortify the city. I had to pull knights and catapults from Athens and Sparta to create the army in the first place.
However, the Greeks now signed a Cease-Fire with me, and so ends the Greek War. I am contented with my gains; I now control a major belt for trade from the north to the south, and a gateway to the Northlands.
But what of my Longships do you ask? With the East India company, my ships now travel West to explore the northern and southern coasts of the Mediterranean, and I have now charted most all of the great sea. I have also made secure diplomatic contact with the kind civilization of the Romans, who were more than happy to again trade maps with my sailors. Diplomats are en-route as I write this to secure my embassies in Turkish lands as well. Although the Turks have a mighty civilization, and could one day contest my power, they were remarkably kind. I point this to the fact that they too were at war with the Greek Tyrants. At least they have evolved past this pitiful stage...
Back home, my reports now tell me that Memphis is, in fact, the greatest city ever built. Its population exceedes that of any other city by numbers in the hundreds of thousands. It is the center for cultural thought, and ever since saving the world from the Dark Ages, it has attracted scholars from around the globe. The Assyrians and Phoenicians have both, on this very day in 90BC, signed Research pacts with us, guaranteeing that foreign scholars would be allowed to enter Egypt and trade wisdom. I was saddened today to hear that the Phoenicians have completed a mightly Lyceum that is being run by a former Greek named Aristotle. He fleed to Baalbek after my landing, seeing this as a way to escape the technology-resentful nation of the Greeks. He now frequents Memphis and speaks to me personally.
As for Roman knowledge, they know nothing that I do not, save for the true dealing of the Germans and the French whom I still have no direct knowledge of.
I get a strange feeling now, that everything has really changed. Just moments ago, three items were presented to me that made me really think. They are all joyous bits of information, mind you, but I'm not sure how to interpret them. The first was the newest Map of the Known World which I present here.
Although it does not have the names of every city known to me, it give the general idea of what lands I am looking at. My artists now work hard at making a comprehensive map of the known world that is much larger, but wait until I know more about the Persians (who a few years ago made themselves known to me) and the Turks; or at least, get to know where their major cities lie.
The second item to me was a picture of Memphis' evolution in two simple stages. Although there were many happenings in between, I understand the general idea. Its good to look back and reflect, and as I browse through older chapters that are here written, I know that times have truely changed.
The proof comes in many more ways than just this. 80BC closes, and the Persians have once again gone to war with Assyria who I believe is hopeless. Furthermore, Persia is now allied with the Turks, and the Phoenicians have joined with Assyria.
Can you now see my dilema? I need good diplomacy with the Turks, and if I sould ally with Assyria to fight off Persia, then the Turks would not only resent all of Egypt, but would be able to lauch an attack against my holdings in Greece. Should they gain the favor of Greece, who knows what might happen then.
I am not that scared, however. I know that the third thing presented to me was a man in a uniform who carried with him a bow and a sword all wrappped into one...
My favorite artist drew me a picture which I now leave for you.
As my final note for now, this shall be the last chapter in this book. A new book will be opened soon, and shall record my progress during this oncoming war...As I write this, my mind is still boggled with question upon question, all drowned in a sea of worries.
What shall become of Egypt...What shall become of me.......