Set just after the death of Jesus Christ, this mini-series chronicles the life & adventures of Jesus's disciples, and events in Rome during the reigns of the Emperors Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Anthony Andrews ...  Nero 5 episodes, 1985
Colleen Dewhurst ...  Antonia 5 episodes, 1985
Ava Gardner ...  Agrippina 5 episodes, 1985
David Hedison ...  Porcius Festus 5 episodes, 1985
John Houseman ...  Gamaliel 5 episodes, 1985
Richard Kiley ...  Claudius 5 episodes, 1985
Ian McShane ...  Sejanus 5 episodes, 1985
Jennifer O'Neill ...  Messalina 5 episodes, 1985
Millie Perkins ...  Mary 5 episodes, 1985
Denis Quilley ...  Peter 5 episodes, 1985
Fernando Rey ...  Seneca 5 episodes, 1985
Richard Roundtree ...  Serpenius 5 episodes, 1985
Susan Sarandon ...  Livilla 5 episodes, 1985
Ben Vereen ...  Ethiopian 5 episodes, 1985
Tony Vogel ...  Aquila 5 episodes, 1985
Jack Warden ...  Nerva 5 episodes, 1985
Neil Dickson ...  Valerius 5 episodes, 1985
Chris Humphreys ...  Caleb 5 episodes, 1985
Amanda Pays ...  Sarah 5 episodes, 1985
Philip Sayer Philip Sayer ...  Paul / ... 5 episodes, 1985
Diane Venora ...  Corinna 5 episodes, 1985
Vincent Riotta Vincent Riotta ...  Stephen 5 episodes, 1985
Rebecca Saire ...  Ruth 5 episodes, 1985
Tom Durham Tom Durham ...  Cleopas 5 episodes, 1985
Anthony Pedley Anthony Pedley ...  Zacchaeus 5 episodes, 1985
Harold Kasket Harold Kasket ...  Caiaphas 5 episodes, 1985
Ralph Arliss ...  Samuel 5 episodes, 1985
Mike Gwilym Mike Gwilym ...  Pallas 5 episodes, 1985
Davyd Harries ...  Thomas 5 episodes, 1985
Norma Martinelli Norma Martinelli ...  Apicata 5 episodes, 1985
Bruce Winant ...  Seth 5 episodes, 1985
Jonathan Hyde ...  Tigellinus 5 episodes, 1985
Damien Thomas ...  Herod Agrippa 5 episodes, 1985
Scott Hoxby ...  Agrippa II 5 episodes, 1985
Angela Morant ...  Priscilla 5 episodes, 1985
Clive Arrindell Clive Arrindell ...  Cassius Chaerca 5 episodes, 1985
Paul Freeman ...  Cornelius 5 episodes, 1985
Andrea Prodan Andrea Prodan ...  Brittanicus / ... 5 episodes, 1985
Akosua Busia ...  Acte 5 episodes, 1985
Vernon Dobtcheff ...  Flavius Sabinus 5 episodes, 1985
Jane How Jane How ...  Poppea 5 episodes, 1985
Jonathan Tafler ...  Aaron 5 episodes, 1985
Barrie Houghton Barrie Houghton ...  Ananias The Essene 5 episodes, 1985
Maggie Wickman Maggie Wickman ...  Apicata 5 episodes, 1985
Alan Downer Alan Downer ...  Barnabas 5 episodes, 1985
Martin Potter ...  Gaius Calpernius Piso 5 episodes, 1985
Colin Haigh Colin Haigh ...  James 5 episodes, 1985
Philip Anthony Philip Anthony ...  James the Elder 5 episodes, 1985
Renato Scarpa ...  Lucius Marinus 5 episodes, 1985
Roderick Horn Roderick Horn ...  Marcellus 5 episodes, 1985
John Wheatley John Wheatley ...  Marcus I 5 episodes, 1985
David Sumner David Sumner ...  Mathias 5 episodes, 1985
Stephen Finlay Stephen Finlay ...  Nicanor 5 episodes, 1985
Katia Dandoulaki ...  Octavia 5 episodes, 1985
Eddie Grossman Eddie Grossman ...  Parmenas 5 episodes, 1985
David Brandon ...  Petronius 5 episodes, 1985
Robert Wentz Robert Wentz ...  Thrasyllus 5 episodes, 1985
John McEnery ...  Caligula 3 episodes, 1985
Richard Kane Richard Kane ...  Agrippa III 3 episodes, 1985
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Set just after the death of Jesus Christ, this mini-series chronicles the life & adventures of Jesus's disciples, and events in Rome during the reigns of the Emperors Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1985 (USA) See more »

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A.D. See more »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was the sequel to Jesus of Nazareth (1977). See more »

Alternate Versions

6-hour "Education Edition" on 3 VHS tapes with included Discussion Guide available from the distributor, Gospel Communications. See more »

Connections

Follows Jesus of Nazareth (1977) See more »

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Excellent historical drama
26 November 2005 | by eternalhope999See all my reviews

If there is any better way to enjoy a day I know it not! This mini-series won an Emmy for good reason! Christian history is pretty accurate, but the addition of Roman history is exceptionally amazing. It's great to see how history and Biblical history coincide. The fictional heroic characters add to the exceptional drama -- two Jewish persons (brother and sister) and Romans they each become attached to. The all-star cast (James Mason as Tiberius, Anthony Andrews as Nero, Colleen Dewhurst, Susan Sarandon, Ava Gardner, Ian McShane, etc.) is extensive. The acting and storyline are very well-cast and the acting well-done. Stirring and excellent soundtrack follow as well. Definitely go for the longest series possible, as the shorter versions are VERY condensed! Begins with Christ being taken off the cross during the reign of Tiberius and follows the lives of the apostles and the fictional characters through the decades under the reign of Ceasars Caligula, Claudius, to the reign of Nero. Follows the historical aspects of Roman politics and treason, the senate, and the Biblical histories such as Peter converting the Ceaserean, Paul on the road to Damascus and Luke's written works. All in all, a historical dramatic gem!


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