Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire: Season 1, Episode 2

Caesar (28 Sep. 2006)

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Julius Caesar's rise to power, from his military success to his decision to return home and seize power from his old ally Pompey.


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In 52 BC, at the town Alesia in Gaul, Caesar conquers an army of 250.000 Gauls with a troupe of only 40.000 men. After 8 years of war all of Gaul is now in Roman hands. Because of this Caesar should disband his army, but instead he marches towards Rome to conquer the city. According to him Rome is ruled by corrupt aristocrats, who just enrich themselves. In Rome the senators Cato and Marcellus persuade the retired general Pompey to lead the defense of the Republic. But Pompey has only 2 legions at his disposal, compared to the 11 legions of Caesar. His strategy is to leave Rome and to lure Caesar into a trap in Greece. When Caesar and his army enter into Rome on 17 January 49 BC, the city is abandoned. For one year Caesar has to fight Pompey's Hispanic legion in the west, before he can go off to fight Pompey in the east. Caesar's plan is to surprise Pompey in Dyracchium in May 48 BC, but for the very first time he loses the battle. When he meets Pompey again, in Pharsalus in August 48... Written by Maths Jesperson {}

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Caesar v The Oligarchs
29 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

This second episode paints a human Caesar- a great personality but one can empathize with.He is presented as a champion of his soldiery against the corrupt an self-serving oligarchy of the Senators who employ his former ally Pompey to fight against him and whom they make loose a crucial battle because of their unwise counsel, greed and rashness.Being not familiar with military matters I was not able to comprehend the content of Caesar's tactics just the outcome. Again the motif of juxtaposing the Senate against a charismatic individual champion of the people is depicted here as in the next episode about Grachus and in a lesser degree the episode about Nero.His murder is portrayed in a rather implied and theatrical manner effectively I think. Whether Caesar victories and brief time in power made the lot of the average inhabitant of the Empire better is a debatable matter.

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