Seven years have passed since Antony's departure from Rome, and the former commander, dissipated and debauched - held in thrall by the charms and sexual prowess of his new bride, Cleopatra, withholds precious shipments of grain from Rome, where people die in the streets from hunger. Unable to incite a war with Antony and Egypt without committing political suicide, Octavian sends Atia and Octavia to Alexandria to mediate and reason with Antony; a strategy which proves predictably unsuccessful. However, former Roman senator Posca and his wife, Jocasta, flee Alexandria with Aita and Octavia to Rome where he provides Octavian with all the ammunition he needs to bring about a war with Antony and Cleopatra. Meanwhile, Pullo has taken over the Avantine gangs of Rome. But later, a fatal blow is stricken to the torrid affair that has continued between Pullo and Gaia, as karmic debt comes to call when she saves him from the sadistic Memmino, but gets fatally wounded, and she lets it slip to ... Written by
Christopher Chase (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Did You Know?
Actress Noa Bodner
had to have all of her hair shaved off for one day of filming. On the DVD commentary track for this episode, James Purefoy
referred to Bodner as 'the bravest actress in England.' Numerous other bit players suffered a similar fate during the filming of the Egyptian scenes, such as the Nubian warriors that feature prominently in this episode. See more