Rome (2005–2007)
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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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References Raging Bull (1980) See more »


Rome Main Title Theme
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no way!
13 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

I don't believe Octavius is recast in this episode, i was so disappointed as i loved the original Octavius. Rome is a awesome show, but i heard they're going to cut it after this season, and if they do i will be very very disappointed, because its to good to cut. This show is perfect for both men and women cause it hits both sides perfectly. I don't think they portray the gays in a negative light at all, in fact i think they almost go out of their're way to show how many gay people they had back then, and the only reason they show the rape and abuse going on is because they need them to keep the show going. they have to be able to keep pushing your buttons, which is why i think they had so much sex going on in the first 3 episodes of season one.

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