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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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Cast

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 ...  Soldier 2 episodes, 2005
Mario Opinato ...  Sergeant at Arms 2 episodes, 2005
Francis Pardeilhan ...  The General 2 episodes, 2005
Ian Ruskin ...  Voice Actor 2 episodes, 2005
Bart Ruspoli ...  Principe 2 episodes, 2005
Anna Sarnholm Anna Sarnholm ...  Larissa 2 episodes, 2005
Massimiliano Ubaldi Massimiliano Ubaldi ...  Centurion 2 episodes, 2005
Diz White Diz White ...  Voice Replacement 2 episodes, 2005
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Storyline

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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Action | Drama | History

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Empire See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)
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(6 parts) | (DVD)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Nobleman Marius: What are you? Slave, free man, soldier?
Tyrannus: Gladiator
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Beautiful sights and sounds of an imagined Rome
1 July 2005 | by kcm25See all my reviews

Like that other gladiator asked of the crowd, "Are you entertained?" Regarding Empire? Heck yeah! Screw history lessons. If I want to learn Roman history then I'll do it the old fashion way and read library books, or take the new fashion route and read the cliffnotes on the internet or watch the Hitler Chan....er, I mean the History Channel. ABC's Empire is gloriously bereft of CGI and instead we are treated to beautiful sights of the Italian countryside and forests and the lively cities caught in the crossfire of a power struggle, even the stones seem to breathe. The Roman pageantry allows the viewers to feel that they are part of an ancient civilization on the cusp of greatness. The beautiful soundtrack and singing helps too.

I found myself easily forgiving the many historical liberties taken with Empire, probably because it is not difficult to explain away the discrepancies: Octavius present in Rome during Creaser's assassination and funeral? He was shown hiding in the shadows and out of the mobs' eyes. Tyrannus the recently freed gladiator turned bodyguard? Rarely shown publicly with Caesar and so far never with Octavius, thus one of the many background characters that history does not record. Fictional bodyguard for Octavius? History cliffnotes said the family begged Octavius to renounce the adoption and the inheritance in fear he would be target for possible assassinations. Octavius' status as the unfavored nephew of Caeser? History claimed people were genuinely surprised that Octavius turned out to be Caesar's heir and historians are constantly combing for clues of when Ceaser decided that Octavius was the real deal.

And folks, stop advertising HBO's Rome already, some of us don't get HBO and have no plans to fork over the $$$ to do so.


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