Rome: Season 1, Episode 5

The Ram Has Touched the Wall (25 Sep. 2005)

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Caesar contemplates Pompey's counteroffer. Vorenus continues to struggle as a businessman and must reevaluate his career choice. Atia schemes to come between Caesar and Servilia and Pullo seeks Octavian's help.

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Vorenus suffers a major setback as a businessman when the slaves he's invested in die from disease. He visits Eraste Fulman who offers him a job. It isn't exactly what he had in mind however and re-examines the offer of returning to the army which Mark Antony had earlier made to him. Pullo and Octavian track down Niobe's brother-in-law and get him to admit that he was her lover. Julius Caesar become a laughing stock when graffiti artists draw lewd pictures of him and Servilia on the city walls. He has to end his relationship with her to save his marriage to Calpurnia and maintain the political influence of her family. Servilia sets out to find who is responsible for this and vows revenge. Caesar meanwhile has made an offer of truce to Pompey but in the end decides to take his army south to finish him off but finds his foe has fled to Greece. Written by garykmcd

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Mark Anthony's statement (and episode title) "the ram has touched the wall" is mentioned in Julius Caesar's memoirs, and is a metaphor for 'no mercy'. Romans had the policy of offering favorable terms of surrender to their opponents before a fight. However, if the opponent refused such terms and chose to fortify his positions, the Romans would attack until each and every enemy was dead. So, if the 'ram' had touched the wall, and thus battering rams became necessary, it meant the enemy had declined the peace offer, and therefore waived any chance of a merciful treatment. See more »

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The Roman cavalry has stirrups, which were not used by the Romans. Stirrups were introduced in Europe in the 7th and 8th centuries. See more »

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Servilia of the Junii: Gods of the Junii, with this offering I ask you to summon Tyche, Megaera and Nemesis, so that they witness this curse. By the spirits of my ancestors, I curse Gaius Julius Caesar. Let his penis wither. Let his bones crack. Let him see his legions drown in their own blood. Gods of the inferno, I offer to you his limbs, his head, his mouth, his breath, his speech, his hands, his liver, his heart, his stomach. Gods of the inferno, let me see him suffer deeply, and I will rejoice and sacrifice to ...
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What An Amazing Series!
21 June 2011 | by (Troy, NY) – See all my reviews

Don't know if anyone needs a review for this episode, but it's a great one. Our two heroic Roman soldiers, Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pollo, are both coping with civilian life in Rome in different ways. Meanwhile the gloriously wicked Atia is scheming how she can ruin Caesar's poignant love affair with the gentle, well-bred Servilia -- mother of Brutus, Caesar's greatest admirer (for now.) This episode shows corruption, evil, and at the end, horrifying punishment for those who fail to live up to Roman morality and decency. The city is alive with sex, sensuality, and corruption, and even though Julius Caesar seems firmly in control it's evident that we haven't heard the last of Pompey and the Senators.

Can I just say, this show is amazing? It has all the sex, drama, and historical accuracy of I CLAUDIUS, but it has something more. It has heart. There's something very down to earth and basic about the way the two Roman soldiers start out hating each other but become best friends. And the way Octavian grows to manhood by learning from these extraordinary men. In a way it's more like LONESOME DOVE than I CLAUDIUS. Titus Pullo is a lot like Gus McCrae and Lucius Vorenus is like Woodrow Call, while Octavian is like brave young Newt.

At the same time, the women in ROME are as wickedly sexy as the women in I CLAUDIUS, but somehow more human. It's fun to see Atia scheming, yet you notice she has a softer side Livia never had. Like when Caesar ignores her at a party and she ends up alone, and later she actually starts crying from loneliness. Or when Octavian sneaks out in the night to do justice and his clever, sophisticated mother doesn't suspect anything because she's already fast asleep! Not that Atia could ever be called a "good" woman but she's more human and more likable in her way than Livia ever was.

ROME really is an amazing achievement and I can't wait to watch the rest of the series!


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