Rome (2005–2007)
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Vorenus' defense of Caesar lands him in an unexpected position of power within Rome. Meanwhile, Servilia hurls the final obstacle in her ambitious and complex revenge plan against Atia.



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In the aftermath of their arena exploits, both Pullo and Vorenus have become icons and heroes to the people of Rome. As a result, Vorenus' defense of his actions to Caesar lands him in an unexpected position of power when Caesar, after proclaiming himself dictator for life, makes Vorenus a senator. In the meantime, Pullo's unexpected return to Vorenus' household to recover from his injuries away from a medical hospital, is not appreciated by his former slave Eirene who still holds a grudge against Pullo for killing her boyfriend. Elsewhere, Caesar decides to overhaul the senate by adding some surprising new faces, much to the chagrin of the old guard, including Brutus. As Servilia hurdles the final obstacle to her revenge plan against Caesar by secretly organizing the conspirators to assassinate Caesar in the senate on the Ides of March, she finally reveals her revenge and complex scenario to Atia and Octavian, while her servant learns the scandalous truth about Niobe's baby and ...

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20 November 2005 (USA)  »

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Just before Vorenus leaves home to meet Caesar, Niobe slips a bag of herbs into his tunic. This was a good luck pouch, which the Ancient Romans believed had to be worn close to the skin for it to work. See more »


In the countryside, where Pullo kneels before a shrine, we see a herd of sheep leaping over a small brook a water trench. At least one of those sheep has a yellow number tag attached to the ear, which would not have been used in 1st century BCE. See more »


Marcus Junius Brutus: If we are to reckon with Caesar on the senate floor then we will have to reckon with Lucius Vorenus also.
Quintus Pompey: Kill him too, what does it matter?
Marcus Junius Brutus: He's a popular man!
Quintus Pompey: So? I'll kill him.
Servilia of the Junii: It is most important that we keep the people on our side - killing one of their heroes would mess the whole business. Only the tyrant dies!
Quintus Pompey: Then let's kill him in his bed! He doesn't sleep with this man does he?
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Beware the Ides of March
15 March 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As the first season of Rome reaches its conclusion so too does Caesar's reign… but not till the end of the episode. Before that we see that Vorenus and Pullo are being treated as heroes by the people although Pullo is still seriously injured and Vorenus doesn't know how Caesar will react. Luckily his popularity means that rather than being punished he is rewarded; Caesar decides to make him one of the hundred new senators… something that offends the other senators who don't want such a low-born man made a senator. Vorenus isn't the most offensive move though; the other new senators include Gauls and Celts. With Vorenus constantly at Caesar's side it will be hard for the plotters to strike Caesar but they know a secret that will force him home and have tragic consequences for both Vorenus and Caesar. Meanwhile Pullo continues to seek Eirene's forgiveness and Servilia taunts Atia; stating that she intends to make her suffer before she finally destroys her now Caesar is out of the picture.

This episode provided a great end to the first series; while I'm sure everybody watching knows what happened to Caesar it still proved fairly taut. It was of course helped by the fact that Caesar wasn't the only person who might die in this episode. Ciarán Hinds does a fine job as Caesar but in the final scene it was Tobias Menzies who stood out as he portrayed the conflicted Brutus. While there were no shocks in the senate Vorenus's story provided a genuine shock when he confronts Niobe about her infidelity; both Kevin McKidd and Indira Varma impressed in this short scene. It wouldn't be 'Rome' without Pullo although he didn't feature in the death of Caesar which was a bit of a relief given how he was shoehorned into just about every other event of the time. Overall a great episode which nicely closed this chapter in the story of ancient Rome.

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