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The Stolen Eagle 

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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The Stolen Eagle and How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic used 2,500 pieces of wardrobe due to the large crowd scenes. See more »

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In the hall of Senate, everyone should wear a white ("dealbata") toga, meaning they all are equals (one senator, one vote). Instead, they are wearing "laticlavium" with a large red strip - the patricians - and "angusticlavium" with a smaller red strip - the knights ("equites") - which should be worn just outside, in formal ceremonies. Otherwise, they wear the color they want. Cato was indeed historically dressed usually in black, but in the hall of Senate he had to be dressed in white like any other senator. See more »

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Gaius Octavian: Be assured you will be amply rewarded for your services to me.
Titus Pullo: [to Vorenus] See how good he talks?
Lucius Vorenus: He's convincing, I'll give him that.
Gaius Octavian: Caesar will prove who I am. Take me to him.
Lucius Vorenus: We cannot do that as yet. We have orders.
Gaius Octavian: What orders?
Titus Pullo: We are to retrieve Caesar's stolen eagle.
Gaius Octavian: Caesar wouldn't pull a hair for his eagle. You're on a fool's errand.
Lucius Vorenus: If Caesar doesn't care about the eagle, why did he send us to find it?
Gaius Octavian: It would look strange if he made no efforts. Actually, losing the eagle is useful ...
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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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