posted 13 July 2022 20:03 EDT (US)   
First and foremost I engage in diplomacy with anyone who will trade, particularly the countries on the Western, Eastern, and Southern edge of modern day Turkey. I quickly solidify my grasp on Turkey, then move around and capture the terrortories of the Black Sea; as to raise a navy. After Turkey and the Black sea is consolidated; I ensure Armernia and the Seleucids are well off as allies covering my Eastern and Southern flank while using my navy and troops to take Greece. From there context determines if I go South or East - for Baktria provides heavy income based in gold and knocking out Parthia before they become strong is important,typically I strike out East and March south from their as my flanks are protected.