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A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.
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Series cast summary:
Kevin McKidd ...  Lucius Vorenus 22 episodes, 2005-2007
Ray Stevenson ...  Titus Pullo 22 episodes, 2005-2007
Polly Walker ...  Atia of the Julii 22 episodes, 2005-2007
Kerry Condon ...  Octavia of the Julii 22 episodes, 2005-2007
James Purefoy ...  Mark Antony 22 episodes, 2005-2007
Ian McNeice ...  Newsreader 20 episodes, 2005-2007
Coral Amiga ...  Vorena the Elder 19 episodes, 2005-2007
Lindsay Duncan ...  Servilia of the Junii 18 episodes, 2005-2007
Lidia Biondi Lidia Biondi ...  Merula 18 episodes, 2005-2007
Tobias Menzies ...  Marcus Junius Brutus 17 episodes, 2005-2007
Nicholas Woodeson ...  Posca 17 episodes, 2005-2007
David Bamber ...  Marcus Tullius Cicero 15 episodes, 2005-2007
Chiara Mastalli ...  Eirene 15 episodes, 2005-2007
Manfredi Aliquo Manfredi Aliquo ...  Castor 15 episodes, 2005-2007
Indira Varma ...  Niobe 15 episodes, 2005-2007
Suzanne Bertish ...  Eleni 14 episodes, 2005-2007
Max Pirkis ...  Gaius Octavian 13 episodes, 2005-2007
Lee Boardman ...  Timon 13 episodes, 2005-2007
Esther Hall Esther Hall ...  Lyde 13 episodes, 2005-2007
Ciarán Hinds ...  Gaius Julius Caesar 13 episodes, 2005-2007
Anna Fausta Primiano Anna Fausta Primiano ...  Vorena the Younger 12 episodes, 2005-2007
Michael Nardone ...  Mascius 10 episodes, 2005-2007
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In this British historical drama, the turbulent transition from Roman republic to autocratic empire, which changed world history through civil war and wars of conquest, is sketched both from the aristocratic viewpoint of Julius Caesar, his family, his adopted successor Octavian Augustus, and their political allies and adversaries, and from the politically naive viewpoint of a few ordinary Romans, notably the soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo and their families. Written by KGF Vissers

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English

Release Date:

28 August 2005 (USA) See more »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)
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(1 episode) | (9 episodes) | (22 episodes) | (12 Episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Ian McNeice had previously starred in Spartacus (2004). See more »

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According to the DVD commentary, the creators made a deliberate effort to show camels in scenes set in Alexandria or elsewhere in Egypt, in order to make them look exotic compared to the scenes set in Rome. Camels, however, would be of no use in Ancient Alexandria, because it was built on a marshy island in the Nile delta and camels are poorly suited to walk over such soft, humid soil. See more »

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Atia of the Julii: [concerning Servilia's invitation] Why would she want to see me? She hates me!
Mark Antony: So do I; that's no bar to friendship.
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Because episode three is 37 minutes long, it was hard for BBC2 to schedule in the UK, and it was also felt that the short running time would make the episode feel curiously light. The first three episodes were therefore edited down into episodes one and two for the UK. This was mostly achieved by trimming within existing scenes; few scenes were actually lost. The final two episodes of the first series were also edited into a single double-length episode, possibly because it was around the Christmas period and was easier to fit into the holiday schedule than two regular-length slots. See more »

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The Best Yet?
28 September 2005 | by jacksflicksSee all my reviews

I Claudius was maybe the best miniseries ever. Now, there's Rome, and it's even better.

I agree with another reviewer, that quibbles about historical inaccuracies, such as accents or how old so-and-so should be, are silly pedantry. I've been a Roman history buff ever since my own high school triumvirate of Caesar, Cicero and Virgil, and I say that this historical fiction is both exciting AND quite accurate with the important stuff.

So far, every player has been terrific, in particular Ciarán Hinds as Caesar and Max Pirkis as Octavian. Julius Caesar was perhaps the most complex "great" figure in history. Was he a great populist, trying to champion the people against the Optimates, or was he an ambitious demagogue, who was using the Roman mobs to attain the imperium? Hinds depicts this complexity perfectly, while projecting a steely will that is shared by Caesar's emerging protégé, Octavian. Thanks to Max Pirkis's brilliant portrayal, we can already see the no-nonsense pragmatism, ruthlessness and brilliance that will propel this boy into becoming the greatest despot in history.

And what about that dissolute Mark Anthony? We can already see Actium in his face. And with Atia, I think Livia (as depicted in I Claudius) and Messalina have met their match.

And midst the struggle for mastery of Rome, we see the struggle of more common folk just to make a living. Rome makes the parallel stories of the Optimates and Centurian, now Prefect, Vorenus and Legionnaire Pullo a perfect vehicle for comparing the travails of different classes — their love lives, social lives, how they treated the servants, how they practiced their faiths, how they fought. Seen from these different perspectives (which we did not get with I Claudius), we get a three-dimensional view and, for me, the closest to feeling like one is actually there of any historical fiction ever produced.

And look at the production values. Is it any wonder, when we see who's behind the camera — Michael Apted and John Milius — that we have an immaculately crafted work?

By their commitment to quality of production and integrity of story, HBO and BBC are demonstrating what television can be. This is a wonderful, wonderful series. Anyone with a love of history, drama and spectacle should be devouring it with delight.


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