From the oasis city of Palmyra, a first-century Roman province, Caesar wants to expand his sphere of influence. Under his orders, you are to send out your army to annex new lands and your censors to collect taxes. The player who fulfills these orders the best will become the new governor of the province of Palmyra. From time to time, when Caesar is especially impressed by your development, he may provide you with extra support.
Palmyra is a tactical tile-laying game with few rules and high tactical choices. By placing new land tiles and moving your army and censor, you earn new tiles and coins for the Roman Empire. The most important thing is to not be too greedy when collecting taxes; otherwise future income may become sparse. Additionally, don't let tiles placed by your opponents cut you off, or else you'll be forced to lose valuable time. When all of the 120 coins are collected, the game ends, and whoever has collected the most coins wins.