Rome: Season 1, Episode 2

How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic (4 Sep. 2005)

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Caesar winters his army in Gaul near the Italian border while his enemies in Rome fear that he will do something no Roman General has done: cross the Rubicon with his army. To ... See full summary »



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Caesar winters his army in Gaul near the Italian border while his enemies in Rome fear that he will do something no Roman General has done: cross the Rubicon with his army. To counter-balance his opponents, Caesar puts his friend Mark Antony up for office as the people's Consul. Vorenus and Pullo accompany Mark Antony and Octavian to Rome. For Pullo, it's an opportunity to get drunk and ravish every woman in sight. He also loses all of his money in a crooked dice game leading to a major brawl. For Vorenus, he will have a reunion with his wife Niobe who he has not seen for 8 years. He's told that the baby he finds in his home is his grandson but Niobe is hiding a secret. In the Senate, there is a move to have Caesar declared a traitor but when Mark Antony tries to return to the Senate to veto their decision, Pullo is attacked by someone he fought the night before. Antony thinks the attack is against him and Pullo kills the man and Caesar declares Pullo a hero. Written by garykmcd

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The Rubicon River was the dividing line between Gaul and Italy. Under Roman law, no army could enter Italy under arms. To do so was treasonous. Simply by leading his army across the river Caesar was declaring himself an outlaw. See more »


Among the things that Pullo claims before Vorenus and Pullo arrive in Rome, is that he will "smoke all the smoke" in the city. This "smoke" can't be tobacco, which is American in origin and therefore unknown in Ancient Rome, but might well be cannabis or opium since both were known to the Romans at this time. See more »


Titus Pullo: Here I come, girls! I'm gonna drink all the wine, smoke all the smoke and fuck every whore in the city.
Lucius Vorenus: Show some dignity. You're under the standard.
Titus Pullo: Well, talk to him!
[Points toward Marc Anthony, who is having sex in uniform with a young girl alongside the road]
Lucius Vorenus: He's not... under the standard.
Titus Pullo: Three hours away from a wife he hasn't seen in eight years. The man's terrified.
Gaius Octavian: Surely a reunion is a happy event.
Lucius Vorenus: Talk of something else!
Titus Pullo: What if she's lost her teeth? What if she's got skinny, or if ...
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30 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

I found this episode important because of the presence of Cicero in the Senate and out of it and the day to day machinations of the Roman aristocracy as well as the political acumen of the young Octavianus who is precocious and rather irritating I must say but I suspect he could not have been otherwise since he had the calibre of a universal despot or rather princeps. The young actor who plays him is brilliant as a choice for the character he seeks to portray. Good introduction to the life-style of the Roman chattering classes. It is interesting surely but after some time their incessant hunger for power makes someone bored.

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