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Rome (TV Series 2005–2007) Poster

(2005–2007)

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Anachronisms 

The real Atia (Octavian's mother) died in 43 B.C. In the series she is still alive in 31 B.C.
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Anachronisms 

In the close-up views of sandals, especially the legionaries' sandals, one can see what looks like a modern rubber sole. The "caliga" (Latin for boot) had no sole.
Candles are seen to be the primary source of lighting through the series. Factually Romans mostly used oil lamps.
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Errors in geography 

During several episodes captive birds are shown. There are Macaws and Amazon parrots from America, and cockatoos from Australia. Since the continents these birds came from were unknown to the Romans, they would not have been able to travel there and bring these animals back to Rome with them.

Factual errors 

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.
Several historical changes were made to move the story along. Octavian was in Illyria undergoing military training when Caesar was killed. Livia was actually Octavian's third wife and she had two sons when she married Octavian; Tiberius and Drusus. Drusus was married to Antonia, the daughter of Marc Antony and Octavia and was the grandfather of Caligula and the father of Claudius. Octavian had one natural child, Julia, by his first wife. Julia was married at one time to Tiberius.
In real life, Servilia dies after Attia.
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The series implies that the break between Caesar and Pompey happens after the death of Julia, Caesar's daughter and Pompey's wife. In reality, she had been dead for several years by the time of Caesar's conflict with Rome.
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Miscellaneous 

During slave auctions the slaves wear loin cloths. Factually slaves which were sold as laborers or young women were presented naked.
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