With Caesar approaching Rome, Pullo and Vorenus lead an advance party to scout out the level of resistance they might meet. In Rome, Pompey Magnus must decide how to meet the forthcoming threat, even though Caesar seems to have only one Legion with him. To everyone's surprise, Pompey decides to stage a tactical retreat south with the intent to gather his forces and then re-take city. Romans are forced to take sides with anyone staying behind declared a traitor. As a result of the evacuation, Pullo and Vorenus find the city virtually deserted. Vorenus decides to pack it in and return to his home. Pullo on the other makes a quite interesting find of his own. Atia meanwhile takes decisive action when she learns that her daughter Octavia is secretly seeing her husband. Written by
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Brutus appears to be in a dilemma when choosing sides, which is unsurprising. According to history, Brutus had no father, but Julius Caesar had acted as a foster father for most of his youth. Cato, however, was his uncle; the half-brother of his mother, Servilia. See more
Octavia is asked for some poetry, and quotes the lines starting "Easy it is to descend into hell ...", a famous passage from Vergil's Aeneid. At this point Julius Caesar is still alive (therefore 44 BC at the latest). In fact the Aeneid was written at the end of Vergil's life, 30 to 19 BC, when Augustus (Octavian) was emperor. See more
Octavia of the Julii
Mother I would rather it were not you who killed me. If you have no objections.
Atia of the Julii
Why ever not? You can't still be angry with me!