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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
The actors' regional British accents were used with effect to enhance the portrayal of the social distinctions of ancient Roman society; however after initial previews, some of the stronger accents were re-dubbed and toned down for American audiences. See more »
The series left out or changed details of actual history in many instances. Among them, were the following: (1) Pompey was only 6 years older than Caesar, (2) Octavian was not called Octavian until after his posthumous adoption by Caeser, prior to that he was called Octavius (3) Although, Octavius was shown at the beginning of the series (52 BCE) to be living in his mother's household, Octavius was raised by his grandmother until her death in 51 BCE. (4) Atia was married to Lucius Marcus Philippus from 56 BCE (prior to the beginning of the events in the series) until her death in 43 BCE. (5) Brutus committed suicide after his/Cassius's defeat at Philippi, he was not killed by Antony's men. Mark Antony, as a show of great respect, ordered Brutus' body to be wrapped in Antony's most expensive purple mantle. (6) Octavia had 2 or possibly 3 children at the time of her marriage to Mark Antony, which was precipitated by her first husband's death in 40 BCE. (7) Although left out entirely from the story, Porcia, Brutus's wife, was a much closer proxy to Servilia's character, which bore little resemblance to her real life counterpart. Porcia is rumored to have played a much larger role than Servilia in planning Caesar's assassination and Porcia, not Servilia, committed suicide after the death of Brutus. See more »
Servilia of the Junii:
Gods of the Junii, with this offering I ask you to summon Tyche, Megaera, and Nemesis so that they may witness this curse. By the spirits of my ancestors I curse Gaius Julius Caesar. Let his penis shrink. Let his bones crack. Let him see his legionnaires drown in their own blood. Gods of the Junii, I offer to you his limbs, his mouth, his breath, his speech, his hands, his heart, his stomach. Gods of the Inferno, let me see him suffer deeply, and I will rejoice and sacrifice to you.
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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 »
Wonderful for history buffs and common viewers alike!
Even though there has been only one episode so far, I have to say that "Rome" looks to be the best production of ancient Rome I have seen yet. Yes, Gladiator was a cool movie, but it lacked was historical accuracy. "Rome" has brought together what no one though possible: historical accuracy and good production. Octavian is an snide little wimp, but with political brilliance. Marc Antony is an arrogant and drunken man who has a love for brutality. Caesar is cunning and insightful. It's all there! The costuming is great, the dialog is crisp, the character interaction spot on and the plot flows smoothly. What more could you want!? This series is far and above that ABC knock-off "Empire", which couldn't even get Roman troops in proper costume. Every penny of this record-budget ($12 million for 12 episodes I think) series was well spent.
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