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These Being the Words of Marcus Tullius Cicero 

Lucius Vorenus, the power-hungry "Son of Hades", controls the Aventine but practices a pointless, beastly reign of terror, coming down hard on gang captains for futilities, and nearly ruins... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lucius Vorenus
Titus Pullo
Atia of the Julii
Servilia of the Junii
Marcus Junius Brutus
Niobe (archive footage)
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa
Esther Hall ...


Lucius Vorenus, the power-hungry "Son of Hades", controls the Aventine but practices a pointless, beastly reign of terror, coming down hard on gang captains for futilities, and nearly ruins his friendship with Pullo, whose efforts to calm things down are mistaken for disrespect and disobedience, even starts a fight once he learns the truth about Niobe; Pullio leaves Rome disgusted. After Atia convinces Marc Antony the governorship of ghastly Macedonia after his consulate would not only be unpleasant but leave him exposed to his dangerous enemies, he puts the heat on senatorial leader Cicero to give him Gaul instead, which once was the base for Julius Caesar's coup d'état. The slave Duro endures male prostitution but most arrogantly demands extra pay and even a kiss from Servilia as it will take more time to commit the planned murder in Atia's home. Marc promises Atia not to hurt Octavian, whose recruiting he calls a joke, after putting down his party's expected plot. Brutus has a hard... Written by Anonymous

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28 January 2007 (USA)  »

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Pullo is sitting on the lower level of Vorenus's headquarters in the Aventine when the loud sound of door slamming is heard and Vorenus has made an appearance at the top of the stairs. Only there is no door any where in the area; only and open arch way. See more »


Clerk: These being the words of Marcus Tullius Cicero: When I was a young man, I defended the State. As an old man, I shall not abandon it. I give sincere thanks to Mark Antony, who has generously presented me with the most promising theme imaginable. I address you directly, Antony. Please listen as if you... as if you...
[sees something offensive in the scroll]
Mark Antony: Go on...
Clerk: ...please listen, as if you were sober and intelligent, and not a drink-sodden, sex-addled wreck.
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Lots of sex
1 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

There's all kinds of sex in this episode. I'm not confident this is historically accurate, but all the gay sex is either rape, prostitution, or abuse. There's no presentation of gay people or 'straight' people having sex with any emotion other than negative circumstances. Marc Anthony was said to have sex with lots of boys and it's briefly mentioned in the previous episode but they aren't showing it. In a show with lots of penis shots and all kinds of sex, I'm surprised that aspect isn't portrayed.

Octavius is recast this season, as the original actor is too young-looking so they sub him for an older man. His page, Grippa is hot, tho, and he's not credited. I don't know who he is.

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