The life of Spartacus, the gladiator who lead a rebellion against the Romans. From his time as an ally of the Romans, to his betrayal and becoming a gladiator, to the rebellion he leads and its ultimate outcome.
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 series left out or changed details of actual history in many instances. Pompey was only 6 years older than Caesar. Octavian was called Octavius until after his posthumous adoption by Caesar. At the start of the series (52 BCE), Octavius is living in his mother's household. However, Octavius was raised by his grandmother until her death in 51 BCE. Atia was married to Lucius Marcus Philippus from 56 BCE until her death in 43 BCE. Brutus committed suicide after his and Cassius's defeat at Philippi. As a show of great respect, Mark Antony ordered Brutus' body to be wrapped in Antony's most expensive purple mantle. When Octavia married Mark Antony, she already had 2 (possibly 3) children; her first husband died in 40 BCE. Although left out entirely from the story, Porcia, Brutus's wife, is rumored to have played a much larger role than Servilia in planning Caesar's assassination. Porcia committed suicide after Brutus died. See more »
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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