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Passover 

In the wake of Caesar's death, Mark Antony considers a move north, while Vorenus issues a curse he soon regrets.

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Picking up exactly where Season One left off on the Ides of March, 44 BC, Caesar has been assassinated, stabbed to death, and his bloody corpse lays in the senate. The rapidly spreading news shocks the city. Even consul Marc Antony must run to the safety of Atia's house where he swears to take bloody revenge on Caesar's murderers, but for the time flees with Caesar's family to the north. But Octavian keeps a cooler head then his mother. Calpurnia insists on the private reading of Caesar's will, which names Gaius Octavian as his adopted son and full heir and makes a gift to each citizen while freeing Posca (the slave who reads it out) with a stipend, but they must fear a rightful tyrannicide will be declared allowing full confiscation. Octavian points out legally declaring Caesar a tyrant would also invalidate all his deeds, including mandates held from him, so Brutus' followers have an interest in a full pardon instead. Hearing about Vorinus accidental killing of Niobe, Pullo rushes ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Antony's compromise solution of allowing Caesar's promotions to remain in effect meant that Vorenus would have continued to be a senator. For the sake of the storyline, this was conveniently ignored. See more »

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After the death of Caesar the slave Posca becomes a freedman and starts working for Mark Antony. However, under the Roman code of patronage freedmen remained in service with their former master and subsequent heir. So Posca should have started working for Octavian, not Mark Antony. See more »

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Marcus Junius Brutus: You spoke of helping us.
Mark Antony: I did. All those that love Casear but "hate tyranny"... I may be able to bring to your side.
Servilia of the Junii: Why would you do that?
Mark Antony: Neither of us can win outright, not without much blood spilled to prove the issue. I want no more blood. I want peace and stability.
Marcus Junius Brutus: How?
Mark Antony: First, a general amnesty. Caesar is not declared tyrant, nor you declared killers. All Caesar's acts and his will shall stand. We shall all keep our posts. It will be as if he were struck by lightning. A natural death.
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Spectacular Premiere Episode For Season Two!
9 August 2016 | by (Troy, NY) – See all my reviews

ROME wasn't around for long, but for the two seasons it ran it was one of the best shows HBO ever turned out. And for my money the second season was often better than the first!

This episode has a lot of explosive action, yet the title "Aftermath" would have been better than "Passover." In the upper world, it's the aftermath of Caesar's assassination. In the lower world, it's the aftermath of Vorenus' fatal argument with his wife Niobe. Watching characters high and low cope with life-or-death consequences, grief and danger makes for electrifying viewing!

Although I love Pullo and Vorenus very much, the reason this episode is my favorite is because you really see Marc Antony at his very best. James Purefoy just can't be beat and this episode really belongs to him. Betrayed, caught off guard, his father-figure and patron dead, Antony really rises to the occasion! He outruns the bad guys outside the senate, out-thinks Brutus and the well-born elite, carefully uses his playboy persona to keep everyone off-guard, and at the end literally changes history with the most explosive funeral oration ever!

At the same time, Max Perkis as the young Octavian (and future Emperor Augustus) is equally compelling and watchable. The frail and soft-spoken boy is so easy to overlook, until he opens his mouth and reveals an almost uncanny sense of purpose and a strength of character that equals or surpasses that of Mark Antony. The two of them are allies in this episode yet their fatal rivalry is already obvious. It's so amazing to see these historical icons come to life in a drama that's as much about family loyalty and grief as it is about historical events!

Last but not least, I have to mention that the actor who plays Cicero (David Bamber?) is sensational. On one level he's pure comic relief, a coward and hypocrite who switches sides at the drop of a hat. On the other hand the actor never lets you lose sight of the man's brilliance, his eloquence, or his sincere loyalty to the old republic. I can't think of a single bad performance in ROME, from the noble ladies to the lowest slaves. But this was truly special!


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