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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When Caesar is listening to the troop-status reports, the officer in charge mentions that some of the soldiers have died from "flux". Flux is a term used to describe dysentery or other diseases causing the loss of fluid by diarrhea or hemorrhage. Dysentery and illness in general was the largest causes of death for soldiers in the field up until the modern era. More soldiers in world-history have died from illnesses in the field than from combat related wounds. See more »

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Lucius Vorenus wears shoes with soles. This invention has not been found (archaeologically) BC. Though the shoe itself looks authentic to the archaeological material. See more »

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Lucius Vorenus: The republic should remain as it was at the founding of the republic, why should that change?
Gaius Octavian: Because the Roman people are suffering, because slaves have taken all the work, because nobles have taken all the land, and because the streets are filled with the homeless and the starving.
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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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