Rome (2005–2007)
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Octavian takes a new bride, Livia, and then introduces her to his family in a startling way... by having her witness the punishment he metes out to Atia and Octavia, for secretly defying ... See full summary »



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Octavian takes a new bride, Livia, and then introduces her to his family in a startling way... by having her witness the punishment he metes out to Atia and Octavia, for secretly defying the social constraints established through the facade of Octavia's "marriage" to Mark Antony. The vengeful Gaia carries out her plan to poison Eirene, which produces most dire consequences for Pullo, and no one else is the wiser. Meanwhile, Octavian, Antony, Maecenas, and their associates barely maintain their relationships of congenial contempt and hypocrisy, as everyone tries to figure out who has duped whom with the disappearance of the gold that was Herod's 'gift.' Now forced by Octavian to leave Rome to serve as an 'ambassador' to Egypt, Antony defies the conditions of Atia's house arrest to bid her a bittersweet farewell. The same can be said of Agrippa, who learns some startling news as he severs his relationship with Octavia. Timon also decides to move with his family to Judia to start a new ... Written by Christopher Chase (

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Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa: [trying to defend Octavia] The fault is mine. It was I who seduced her.
Gaius Octavian Caesar: You have many talents, Agrippa. Seduction is not one of them.
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No one is a traitor till they are
22 July 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The gold shipment from Herod is due to arrive in the port of Ostia and Octavian and Mark Antony have instructed Vorenus and Pullo to supervise its movement to Rome. Things go wrong tragically wrong before anything starts. Gaia has given Pullo's wife an abortifacient but it causes her death; Pullo is in no fit state to bring back the gold so Vorenus gives the job to Mascius. As they enter the city they are ambushed and the gold is taken. Vorenus is convinced that Memmio was behind the theft; he is also led to believe that somebody close to him must have told Memmio about the shipment… he has no suspicion just how close that person is though. Meanwhile Maecenas has informed Octavian about the true mature of Mark Antony's marriage to Octavia; something that leads to Octavia and Atia being confined to their home and Mark Antony being sent to Alexandria where he is reunited with Cleopatra.

This was a great episode; there is plenty of scheming; both for financial gain and political reasons. While the death of Eirene wasn't really a surprise it was distressing and saddening. The story of the theft of the gold was interesting and led to an inevitable confrontation between the Aventine and the other collegia; this was an impressively brutal fight. Pullo's actions were particularly brutal and it was great fun seeing Gaia entering the fight was as much ferocity as any of the men. The episode's opening scenes were classic 'Rome'; we see Octavian giving a speech about the upstanding nature of Roman women intercut with scenes of his mother and sister having sex with Mark Antony and Agrippa respectively. As expected the cast did a fine job; Ray Stevenson was particularly good as Pullo showing his caring side as his wife dies and his brutality as he confronts Memmio in a particularly shocking scene. Kevin McKidd is also on fine form as Vorenus as he confronts his daughter Vorena and it looks as if he might actually kill her. The ending, where Mark Antony is reunited with Cleopatra was short but just the way they looked at each other tells us that they will be getting close in the final couple of episodes. Overall a really great episode that sets things up nicely for the remaining episodes.

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