A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.
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 Lucius Vorenus (22 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Titus Pullo (22 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Atia of the Julii (22 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Octavia of the Julii (22 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Mark Antony (22 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Newsreader (20 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Vorena the Elder (19 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Servilia of the Junii (18 episodes, 2005-2007)
Lidia Biondi ...
 Merula (18 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Marcus Junius Brutus (17 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Posca (17 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Niobe (15 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Marcus Tullius Cicero (15 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Eirene (15 episodes, 2005-2007)
Manfredi Aliquo ...
 Castor (15 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Eleni (14 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Gaius Octavian (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Timon (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Esther Hall ...
 Lyde (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Gaius Julius Caesar (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Anna Fausta Primiano ...
 Vorena the Younger (12 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Mascius (10 episodes, 2005-2007)
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In this British historical drama, the turbulent transition from Roman republic to autocratic empire, which changed world history through civil war and wars of conquest, is sketched both from the aristocratic viewpoint of Julius Caesar, his family, his adopted successor Octavian Augustus, and their political allies and adversaries, and from the politically naive viewpoint of a few ordinary Romans, notably the soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo and their families. Written by KGF Vissers

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$100,000,000 (estimated)
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On 9 August 2007 a fire broke out at Rome's Cinecitta Studios back-lot. It destroyed 3,000 square meters of the 400,000 square meter "Rome" set but did not spread to the rest of the historic Studios. During the three hours it burned, a few of the highly flammable fiberglass sets in the "suburra" red-light district were destroyed but fortunately, the Forum, temples, thermal baths and other buildings were untouched. It is considered to be the largest open-air set ever constructed to date. See more »

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The words Domina and Dominus are practically the only Latin words the cast uses regularly. Nevertheless, as they are always used as vocative, the masculine form should be Domine. More than that, the spoken Latin of the higher classes is inadequately close to ecclesiastical late Latin. See more »

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[Vorenus wakes up to find his horse has been stolen]
Lucius Vorenus: Fortune pisses on me once again!
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Excellent production
30 August 2005 | by (Long Beach CA) – See all my reviews

After seeing the first episode, the show promises to be an excellent production showing the civilization and intrigue of the Rome of Julius Caesar. We can't place our own moral code on these characters. They had their own, and are shown living it. When your life depended upon position and knowledge, you did everything you could to put yourself in the best position possible. In an "about the show" program that I saw about "Rome", the actress who plays Atia says that she doesn't feel her character is evil. The character is doing what she has to in order to keep her position and stay alive in that time. Life was hard, and so one didn't have the luxury of being soft.

To those who complain about the accents, so what? Why would someone from ancient Rome speak with an Italian accent? Language and dialect evolve over time. Who knows what an ancient Roman accent sounded like? They aren't Italians speaking in English, they are Romans speaking their own Latin dialect. Latin is not Italian. Just ask my old High School Latin teacher. We just happen to have the movie magic version of a Universal Translator, so we can understand them.

The sets are perfect, showing a bustling city, full of activity. To those who complain about them, they have to remember that the ruins of ancient Rome that we see today have been scoured clean by the progression of time. The filmmakers felt that ancient Rome would have been more like Bombay, India, and I tend to agree with them.

The series shows life as it was in those days. I'm looking forward to seeing how it develops further.


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