Rome: Season 1, Episode 1

The Stolen Eagle (28 Aug. 2005)

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In Gaul in 52 B.C., two Roman soldiers, Legionary Titus Pullo and Centurion Lucius Vorenus, are tasked with recovering Julius Caesar's personal Eagle, stolen from his camp in the dead of ... See full summary »

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In Gaul in 52 B.C., two Roman soldiers, Legionary Titus Pullo and Centurion Lucius Vorenus, are tasked with recovering Julius Caesar's personal Eagle, stolen from his camp in the dead of night. With his campaign in Gaul coming to a successful conclusion, Caesar's popularity is continuing to grow. He's saddened however when he receives news from his good friend Pompey Magnus that his daughter, Pompey's wife, has died in childbirth. In the Senate, Pompey must defend the prolonged absence of his friend and co-Consul Caesar against charges of corruption and of waging an illegal war. It's all a ruse however as he is plotting to eliminate him. Meanwhile, Atia of the Julii sends her son Octavian to Gaul deliver a gift of a beautiful stallion to his great uncle Julius Caesar. He is taken prisoner along the way. Fortunately, Vorenus and Pullo rescue him and as a result, both receive Caesar's favor. Written by garykmcd

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According to history, Cato had long borne a grudge against Caesar for publicly embarrassing him. In brief, when they were both in the Senate, Cato spotted Caesar reading some correspondence while Cato was speaking, which was a pointed insult. Cato called on Caesar to read the letter aloud, which Caesar at first refused to do. Cato then invoked a public demand to hear the letter, whereupon Caesar read aloud an erotic love letter, which had been written by Cato's own daughter! Cato never forgave Caesar for the insult. See more »

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There are two scenes where Roman women appear naked. In both scenes the actors are sporting bikini waxes. In ancient Rome, women either kept all their body hair or removed it completely. See more »

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Mark Antony: Lucius Vorenus! You have a brain! Or so the tribune's say...
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The foundations of a power struggle seesaw are laid
22 January 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Firstly, I have no interest in accents or historical accuracy.

The aspect of Rome that stood out the most were the sets. The art direction and attention to detail are magnificent.

While that is probably a bad thing; I have always respected television shows that feel they need to put money into sets and detail.

Judging by the pilot, the story that will run throughout the duration of the series will be the power struggle between Gaius Julius Caesar, and Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus.

Rome is governed equally between these two men. Ceaser has been away at war in Gaul for eight years and has gained popularity due to his success. Pompeius is threatened and jealous and wishes to throw Ceaser out of government. The struggle begins.

My biggest problem with the pilot is the dialogue. I found it extremely amateur, many lines were dull or cringe worthy.

However the pilot kept my attention and I will give Rome a few more episodes to improve.


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