As they try to reach Caesar in Greece, the shipwrecked Vorenus and Pullo confront an unexpected dilemma. Back in Rome, Atia again sends Octavia to beg protection from Servilia, who complies... See full summary »



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As they try to reach Caesar in Greece, the shipwrecked Vorenus and Pullo confront an unexpected dilemma. Back in Rome, Atia again sends Octavia to beg protection from Servilia, who complies readily to encourage her growing friendship with Octavia. As they prepare their counterattack against Caesar, Pompey's Republicans begin to squabble over both the anticipated spoils and the method of finishing Caesar off. Niobe's sister Lyde comes back to see her and comforts her over Vorenus's disappearance. Badly outnumbered, Caesar and Antony make their stand at Pharsalus. On his arrival in Egypt, Pompey is greeted by a Roman veteran. Written by Tom D.

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Posca asks Caesar if he will accept battle, and Caesar confirms it. This was Roman custom. A commander could legitimately refuse to go to battle, and his request would be honored. See more »


After the beheading of Pompey, the shot of the seaside town features a minaret, a structure that would not have existed in Classical Egypt. See more »


[Vorenus and Pullo are stranded on an island, awaiting their death]
Titus Pullo: I don't understand it. Something should've turned up by now. I am not meant to die this way.
Lucius Vorenus: You were misinformed.
Titus Pullo: Doesn't seem right.
Titus Pullo: Still... be good to see my mother again. Do you think they have a system, for finding people?
Lucius Vorenus: What?
Titus Pullo: In the afterlife? I mean, how do you-how do you go 'bout finding people? There must be millions.
Lucius Vorenus: There must be.
Titus Pullo: [pause] She wouldn't recognise me, probably. I was very young when she died.
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A victory for Caesar
12 February 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After a storm has sent almost all of Caesar's Thirteenth Legion to the bottom of the Mediterranean victory for Pompey is almost assured; he just has to wait for his enemy to capitulate… however those around him insist that he must be seen to crush Caesar on the field of battle. Against all the odds Caesar's forces prevail and Pompey flees to the coast hoping to sail to Egypt. Cicero and Brutus surrender to Caesar and are shocked to find themselves welcomed with open arms. Meanwhile Vorenus and Pullo find themselves shipwrecked on a sandbar with little chance of rescue. They manage to construct a makeshift raft and row to Greece where by amazing coincidence they are found by Pompey's party; Pullo wants to take Pompey back to Caesar but Vorenus disagrees… something that will incur Caesar's wrath later. Back in Rome they are unaware of Caesar's victory and Atia sends her daughter Octavia so seek help from Servilia.

This was a great episode where we see the tide turn in Caesar's favour; the battle scene was mildly exciting but it was clearly filmed in a fairly stylised manner to keep the budget down. The way Vorenus and Pullo manage to survive then bump into Pompey does stretch credibility somewhat but as Caesar observes; they must have powerful gods looking after them! The cast does a great job; notably Kenneth Cranham, who is on top form as the defeated Pompey, and David Bamber and Tobias Menzies, who impress as Cicero and Brutus; especially in the scene where they surrender to Caesar. The scenes in Rome might not be strictly essential but they do serve to remind us that news travelled slowly in those days. As the episode ends and Pompey lands in Egypt we get quite a shock. Overall this was another really good episode.

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