Rome (2005–2007)
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An Owl in a Thornbush 

With Caesar quickly advancing toward Rome, Pompey begins ordering a retreat and forces his citizens to pick sides. Timon does Atia's dirty work and Vorenus cannot understand why no one is resisting while on a scouting mission.


Michael Apted, Mikael Salomon (uncredited)


John Milius (created by), William J. MacDonald (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin McKidd ... Lucius Vorenus
Ray Stevenson ... Titus Pullo
Polly Walker ... Atia of the Julii
Kenneth Cranham ... Pompey Magnus
Lindsay Duncan ... Servilia of the Junii
Tobias Menzies ... Marcus Junius Brutus
Kerry Condon ... Octavia of the Julii
Anthony Souter ... Marcelus
Karl Johnson ... Porcius Cato
Indira Varma ... Niobe
David Bamber ... Marcus Tullius Cicero
Max Pirkis ... Gaius Octavian
Lee Boardman ... Timon
Suzanne Bertish ... Eleni
Paul Jesson ... Scipio


With Caesar approaching Rome, Pullo and Vorenus lead an advance party to scout out the level of resistance they might meet. In Rome, Pompey Magnus must decide how to meet the forthcoming threat, even though Caesar seems to have only one Legion with him. To everyone's surprise, Pompey decides to stage a tactical retreat south with the intent to gather his forces and then re-take city. Romans are forced to take sides with anyone staying behind declared a traitor. As a result of the evacuation, Pullo and Vorenus find the city virtually deserted. Vorenus decides to pack it in and return to his home. Pullo on the other makes a quite interesting find of his own. Atia meanwhile takes decisive action when she learns that her daughter Octavia is secretly seeing her husband. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

11 September 2005 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Roman soldiers in the camp that Pullo and his cavalry attack consist mostly of young adolescents, which is unsurprising. Ancient Roman law stipulated that a young man was an adult at 14, but many boys lied about their age and joined while they were much younger. See more »


(at around 19 mins) An egg shell is visible stuck to a door. On the shell, a printed date code can be seen. See more »


[Atia greets Timon at the door]
Atia of the Julii: I'm having a small party this evening, and I'll need you to -
[she stops]
Atia of the Julii: Are you wearing perfume?
Timon: Just a dab.
Atia of the Julii: It's horrid. Horseshit suits you much better. Now, I need you to get more men to stand guard outside to greet my guests when they arrive.
Timon: A party? Is that wise, given how things are?
Atia of the Julii: Perfume, advice. Whatever next?
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Rome Main Title Theme
Written by Jeff Beal
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Oh my god...
25 May 2019 | by aarongnrSee all my reviews

I asm having SO much fun with this show. Its like a parody of a serious topic, and yet it is able to keep up it's seriousness while being incredibly fun to watch.

God why havent I watched this earlier.

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