I have played with 2 players and with 5.
The two-player version works well. It's Rome vs. Carthage, with "Barbarians" acting as a third party that can be bribed and traded with by either side.
It is more interesting with multiple players, but the two-player version stands alone well enough.
But for the two-player game so there is only a specific scenario and just ?? I have a specific battlefield configuration ??
Or it is still more varied?