The actors depicting the German tribespeople in the series speak in German (albeit Modern German) but this series is notable as one of the only historical dramas of its kind in which dialogue for the Roman characters is all spoken in classical Latin. See more »
The people in this series are shown using stirrups. However, stirrups were not used at the time. The Goths, for instance, used them against the Romans with great effect, about 300-400 years after the time this series is set. See more »
Like air shooting out of a balloon, any positivity and hopefulness generated by the slick trailer fizzed away pretty quickly as this is a long, long, long way from HBO's Rome, early episodes of The Lost Kingdom - or even stage-bound I Claudius.Instead we get really really mean Romans -riding horses using stirrups, mind you - and a Go-Girl heroine inspiring her tribesmen.
This is all supposed to lead to the famous Roman defeat and loss of eagles - but the by-the-numbers scripting and under-whelming production values make this look like a so-so network adventure show.
I was expecting more given the excellence of Germany's Babylon Berlin but the early episodes of this one left me wanting it less.
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