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Stealing from Saturn 

Atia and her family have stayed behind when Pompey and others fled and she now throws a party for her triumphant uncle, Julius Caesar. She clearly has her sights set on the great leader and... See full summary »

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Atia and her family have stayed behind when Pompey and others fled and she now throws a party for her triumphant uncle, Julius Caesar. She clearly has her sights set on the great leader and is puzzled when he sends her a guest list that includes Servilia of the Junii. She soon finds out why. Pompey wants to find out what happened to the gold from the Roman Treasury and sends his son Quintus to Rome to find out what happened. They go directly to Vorenus' home but he has no idea what they are talking about. Pullo arrives however and Vorenus tells him to go directly to Caesar himself and explain. Octavian meanwhile learns of one of his uncle's secrets. Written by garykmcd

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Caesar is seen suffering from a seizure which Posca describes as "Morbus Comitialis", which at the time was seen as a curse from the Gods. It is historically believed, but not agreed upon, that Caesar suffered from Epilepsy and this is such a seizure shown. See more »

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Octavia quotes Virgil's lines from his epic poem Aeneid: "Easy it is to go down into Hell, the gates of death are ever open; to climb back out again, that is the difficulty." Virgil did not start writing the Aeneid until about 29 BC, 20 years after the setting of this episode. See more »

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Titus Pullo: Priests, crooks many of them. I just talk directly to whatever god I'm doing business with. Bugger the priests.
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A Tale of Two Parties
1 February 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having left the legion Lucius Vorenus is planning his civilian life as a trader of goods and slaves from Gaul; to this end he has his wife throw a party for businessmen; unfortunately it doesn't go well as Niobe's sister disturbs the proceedings. Meanwhile Atia is throwing an altogether more lavish party to welcome her uncle Gaius Julius Caesar home. Elsewhere Pompey learns that the treasury has fallen into the hands of Caesar's scouts but has not been given to Caesar; he sends his son Quintus to find out what happened to it. Quintus confronts Vorenus but he has no knowledge of any gold… until Pullo turns up throwing money around before turning the tables on Quintus! Vorenus orders Pullo to tell Caesar about the gold immediately. Shortly after learning about the gold Caesar orders its retrieval; he then orders that Quintus should be released so that he can take an offer of a truce to his father; a truce Caesar knows Pompey won't accept. Shortly after that we learn that Caesar suffers from epilepsy and is also involved with Servilia.

This isn't the most action packed episode but it is still enjoyable; it serves to show us the problems Caesar is having trying to run the city with limited funds without resorting to taking money off the people. We also see politics at play as Caesar tries to drive a wedge between Pompey and his allies with the offer of a truce that offends him but may be acceptable to others. There is some tension when Quintus threatens Vorenus and his wife. The two parties were fun to watch as both Caesar and Vorenus are clearly using the events to make alliances. As expected the cast do a great job; what really impresses is that even the relatively small parts are played so well. Overall another fine episode that advances the plot nicely.


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