good point about the universities. I hadn't thought about just how much difference a few turns can make when a thousand years later the clock runs slower.
And I think the Numismatic Numidians were trying to run your game; with almost 40,000 gold at the end there, you could've been researching yourself quite a bit sooner
Yes, I probably could and should have done that! I guess my mind was set too much on thinking "It's a 5CC! Your empire is too small and your economy too weak to research yourself!". I had been in the mood to play fast, which kept me from realizing what my treasury could have done. Anyway, I had fun, and that is all what matters!
P.S.: What, 40,000? I really had 40,000 gold in the end? *wanders off to reread own report, being totally amazed*