Caesar pursued Pompey to Greece but the tide has turned and it's Caesar who is on the run. He contacts Mark Antony, who he left in charge in Rome, to come and join him with the 13th Legion ... See full summary »



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Caesar pursued Pompey to Greece but the tide has turned and it's Caesar who is on the run. He contacts Mark Antony, who he left in charge in Rome, to come and join him with the 13th Legion but Antony seems to be in no hurry. Vorenus has re-enlisted in Antony's Legion and he and Niobe have begun to renew their marital relationship. The presence of Niobe's sister is the only sour note in their house. Pullo meanwhile continues to train young Octavian in the use of arms and the boy's mother Atia is so pleased with his development that she decides he should take another step to manhood and orders Pullo to take him to a brothel so he can have his first sexual experience. Atia also continues with her scheming ways and believing that Caesar is done for, decides she had better make friends with Servilia. Written by garykmcd

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Vorenus rejoins the legions as an "evocatus". This was the Latin term for a soldier in the Roman army who had served out his time and obtained a discharge (Latin, "missio") but had voluntarily enlisted again at the invitation of the consul or other commander. The position was a plum one, as they were essentially high-ranking officers, and did not have to take part in manual labor duties. See more »


Titus Pullo: [taking Octavian to be deflowered] Not to worry, young master. There's nothing to it.
Gaius Octavian: If there's nothing to it then why is there such a fuss made of the thing?
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The tide turns against Caesar
8 February 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Caesar has pursued Pompey's forces to Greece but things aren't going to plan. Pompey refuses to engage in battle; instead he rallies more and more legions. Now the numbers are in his favour and Caesar is on the run. He sends word to Mark Antony, ordering him to bring the 13th Legion to Greece but his old friend is concerned for his own safety and doesn't mobilise his forces… at least not until Atia lets it be known that she is pleased that he hasn't supported Caesar. Away from the military side of the story Niobe's sister is concerned about her husband's disappearance; more so when Pullo tells her he has heard he was killed because of gambling debts… a story she doesn't believe. Pullo is also tasked by Atia to take her son Octavian so that he can be with a woman for the first time.

This was another enjoyable episode; throughout there was the question of whether Mark Antony would obey Caesar's order; James Purefoy is great in the role, especially in the scene with Polly Walker's equally impressive Atia… he is coarse and she is devious. One couldn't help feeling a little sorry for Octavian and his mother criticised him for still being a virgin before ordering Pullo to arrange for a woman… an awkward time for a young man! This did provide some laughs too when Pullo was told the he would not be availing himself of the brothel's services. While there isn't any real action in this episode it ends with the 13th crossing a tempestuous sea which suggests there may be some soon when they get to Greece… if they get to Greece.

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