From the back of the jewel case.
You start at the Dawn of History . . . and lead your society through the mists of time to the age of the civilized state -8000 B.C. to 250 B.C. The object of the game is to gain an overall advancement in which cultural, economic, and political factors are paramount.
Avalon Hill's Advanced Civilisation is based on the board game of the same name. The player is put in the position of a emerging nation on the shores of the Mediterranean with a main goal of achieving overall advancement in all aspects of development, including cultural, economic, political and religious power.