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Epic four-hour series about the rise of Octavius who succeeds Julius Caesar and tangles with Marc Anthony for control of the Roman empire and finally went on to become the emperor Augustus.




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Series cast summary:
Santiago Cabrera ...  Octavius 6 episodes, 2005
Vincent Regan ...  Marc Antony 6 episodes, 2005
Emily Blunt ...  Camane 6 episodes, 2005
James Frain ...  Brutus 6 episodes, 2005
Jonathan Cake ...  Tyrannus 6 episodes, 2005
Trudie Styler ...  Servilia 5 episodes, 2005
Graham McTavish ...  General Rapax 5 episodes, 2005
Amanda Root ...  Noella 5 episodes, 2005
Ian Bartholomew Ian Bartholomew ...  Cimber 5 episodes, 2005
Michael Maloney ...  Cassius 4 episodes, 2005
Michael Byrne ...  Cicero 4 episodes, 2005
Orla Brady ...  Atia 4 episodes, 2005
Alan David Alan David ...  Quinitilius 4 episodes, 2005
Clive Riche ...  Herteus 4 episodes, 2005
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ...  Panza 4 episodes, 2005
Christopher Egan ...  Agrippa 3 episodes, 2005
Fiona Shaw ...  Fulvia 3 episodes, 2005
Colm Feore ...  Caesar 3 episodes, 2005
Michael Culkin ...  Lucius 3 episodes, 2005
Dennis Haysbert ...  Magonius 3 episodes, 2005
Sylvia De Fanti ...  Moira 3 episodes, 2005
Fillipo Reda Fillipo Reda ...  Piso 3 episodes, 2005
Caroline Ashley Caroline Ashley ...  Titiana 3 episodes, 2005
Julian Firth ...  Publius Claudius 3 episodes, 2005
Inday Ba ...  Nila 3 episodes, 2005
Amelia Curtis ...  Wife of Publius Claudius 3 episodes, 2005
Stephanie Leonidas ...  Girlfriend 3 episodes, 2005
Martin Marquez Martin Marquez ...  General Crito 3 episodes, 2005
Terence Maynard ...  Atticus 3 episodes, 2005
Joe Hanley Joe Hanley ...  Lagos 3 episodes, 2005
Edoardo Trowse Edoardo Trowse ...  Rough Youth 3 episodes, 2005
Jean-Marie Paris Jean-Marie Paris ...  The Reterian 3 episodes, 2005
Angel Turner Angel Turner ...  Gordiana 3 episodes, 2005
Jonis Bashir Jonis Bashir ...  Drax 3 episodes, 2005
Ed Stoppard ...  Sebastianus 2 episodes, 2005
Felix Dexter Felix Dexter ...  Maximus 2 episodes, 2005
Michael Jenn ...  Saturnicus 2 episodes, 2005
Ian Redford Ian Redford ...  Nobleman Marius 2 episodes, 2005
Robert Willox Robert Willox ...  Balthus 2 episodes, 2005
Stephen Graham ...  Bazzer 2 episodes, 2005
Giannina Salvetti Giannina Salvetti ...  Market Seller 2 episodes, 2005
Anthony Souter ...  Slave Trader 2 episodes, 2005
Luca Venantini ...  Fortunus 2 episodes, 2005
Antonio Del Prete ...  Slave 2 episodes, 2005
Alessandro Dieli ...  Caelus 2 episodes, 2005
Giacomo Gonnella ...  Bestiari 2 episodes, 2005
Joseph Murray Joseph Murray ...  Davus 2 episodes, 2005
Jay Natelle Jay Natelle ...  Soldier 2 episodes, 2005
Mario Opinato ...  Sergeant at Arms 2 episodes, 2005
Francis Pardeilhan ...  The General 2 episodes, 2005
Ian Ruskin Ian Ruskin ...  Voice Actor 2 episodes, 2005
Bart Ruspoli ...  Principe 2 episodes, 2005
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The story is set in Rome around 44 B.C., just after the assassination of Julius Caesar. Octavius, aged 17, who was named heir by Caesar, is challenged by Marc Anthony. A civil war ensues, ending in a showdown between Octavius and Marc Anthony. Written by Justine Lewis

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Lust, Power and the Epic Battle for Rome


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Release Date:

28 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Empire See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy


Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


(6 parts) | (DVD)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Victor Garber was the original casting choice for the role of Julius Caesar, but had to bow out, shortly before the show went into production. See more »


During the final battle between Antony's and Octavius's armies, Tyranus removes two silver emblems from his chest to denounce Antony and fight for Octavius. In the next shot, they are there again. Later, they disappear once more. See more »


[on the murder of the consuls and apparent murder of Octavius]
Cassius: Believe it or not, the death of Caesar was necessary for the well-being of Rome. For what lofty purpose did you kill these men?
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Version of Imperium: Augustus (2003) See more »

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28 July 2005 | by steven-222See all my reviews

Imagine, 2000 years from now, someone decides to tell the story of George Bush. Sure, there are historical records about the time, but why not just make things up as you go along, to "improve" the story? So...there was once an elected king of America, Bush I, whose son wanted to succeed him; but Bush II was challenged by the evil Prince Gore. The people voted and chose Gore, but the 12 Lords of Justice decided the match should be decided by a duel, in which Bush II killed Gore. Hooray! Then America was attacked by a missile fired by King Saddam of Arabia. Bush II, already famous as a fighter pilot, led a jet attack on Saddam, and brought back his head on a stick, which was mounted atop the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the capitol, New York. And so on...

And that's about how seriously the makers of EMPIRE take one of the most crucial, and well-documented, episodes in all of history, the aftermath of the assassination of Julius Caesar and the beginnings of the Roman Empire. Why bother with the incredibly fascinating reality of the people and their times, when we can just make up anything we want? It's all just fodder for the Hollywood TV grist mill, which provides wish-fulfillment fantasies for viewers whom the filmmakers hold beneath contempt. Sad.

Beyond the ludicrous flights of fancy and boneheaded mistakes, some of the glitches are simply careless bloopers, as when the black general (yes, they made him up, too) refers to the "Serbian Walls" that encircle Rome. They're actually called the Servian Walls, and have been for about 2500 years, but who gives a frack?

But...I'll give EMPIRE 1 star for eye-candy, especially Jonathan (can I have it and eat it, too?) Cake. And another star for some not-bad casting. (Fiona Shaw as Fulvia: "I always leave before the orgy.") The rest is all junk.

Viewers interested in a more serious treatment of the same events might want to watch the Euro mini-series AUGUSTUS (available on DVD), starring Peter O'Toole as the emperor, which includes flashbacks to his early days. It's a far more handsomely produced film, with good battle scenes, great costumes, the most realistic interior and exterior sets so far created for a Roman movie, an intelligent script, and a memorable performance by the great Peter O'Toole.

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