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The Stolen Eagle 

In Gaul in 52 B.C., two Roman soldiers, Legionary Titus Pullo and Centurion Lucius Vorenus, are tasked with recovering Julius Caesar's personal Eagle, stolen from his camp in the dead of ... See full summary »

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Michael Apted, Mikael Salomon (uncredited)

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John Milius (created by), William J. MacDonald (created by) | 2 more credits »
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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
Karl Johnson ... Porcius Cato
Indira Varma ... Niobe
David Bamber ... Marcus Tullius Cicero
Max Pirkis ... Gaius Octavian
Lee Boardman ... Timon
Nicholas Woodeson ... Posca
Suzanne Bertish ... Eleni
Paul Jesson ... Scipio
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In Gaul in 52 B.C., two Roman soldiers, Legionary Titus Pullo and Centurion Lucius Vorenus, are tasked with recovering Julius Caesar's personal Eagle, stolen from his camp in the dead of night. With his campaign in Gaul coming to a successful conclusion, Caesar's popularity is continuing to grow. He's saddened however when he receives news from his good friend Pompey Magnus that his daughter, Pompey's wife, has died in childbirth. In the Senate, Pompey must defend the prolonged absence of his friend and co-Consul Caesar against charges of corruption and of waging an illegal war. It's all a ruse however as he is plotting to eliminate him. Meanwhile, Atia of the Julii sends her son Octavian to Gaul deliver a gift of a beautiful stallion to his great uncle Julius Caesar. He is taken prisoner along the way. Fortunately, Vorenus and Pullo rescue him and as a result, both receive Caesar's favor. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

28 August 2005 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

While having a chat riding looking for the stolen eagle, Vorenus says he's from Mutina (now Modena, in Emilia-Romagna Italian Region), Pullo says he's (probably) from Ubii tribe, a German one living near actual Cologne (Köln in German, now the biggest city of North Rhine-Westphalia). See more »

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Historically, Brutus would have been the same age as Atia and Mark Antony but he is portrayed as being much younger. See more »

Quotes

Porcius Cato: Neither we aristocrats alone nor you and your soldiers alone can crush Caesar.
Pompey Magnus: Stop there.
Porcius Cato: I do not say that you wish to crush Caesar, I only say that if you did wish it, you could not do it alone.
Pompey Magnus: I have no need of you noble gentlemen. I have only to stamp my feet, and legions will spring up all over Italy. I can squash Caesar like an insect, if I wished it so. I do not wish it.
[Pompey starts to walk away, but Cato grabs him]
Porcius Cato: Renounce him, Pompey! Renounce Caesar! Ally yourself with us, and ...
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Rome Main Title Theme
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Top notch visuals and acting ; twisted story and characters ; captivating historical period and irresistible entertainment
20 December 2009 | by igoatabaseSee all my reviews

Back when its first season was airing Rome was praised for its high-end and polished production. But this episode also proved the show had more to offer than impressive sets and well designed costumes. So beside a believable Ancient Rome the story was also quite interesting and intriguing. The Stolen Eagle arc was just an excuse to introduce us to the numerous and charismatic characters. However it was far from anecdotic as the events developed connections and gave birth to new relationships. Of course it focused on the two male protagonists but the other characters also had an important role to play. It was fascinating to see what some of them were capable of doing to meet their own agenda, even manipulating their loved ones and betraying supposed great friends. In some way they reminded me of the show The Tudors but I found the acting more convincing and their stories far less superficial.

The battle at the beginning was intense and brutal but too short and less bloody than in films like Braveheart. However I didn't mind its graphic violence level as it was more about covering the fundamental differences between the protagonists. One acted more like a happy drunken berserker, the other was more rational and responsible. In fact the contrast between them was also palpable in other elements. For example the dialogs weren't all black and white as they offered a second lecture to the careful viewers. One minute some character was defending the Republic, the next it was setting traps against it. In one scene it was also brilliant to use a young boy to lecture two veteran soldiers about what was really going on. So it wasn't just about the physical strength, it was also a lot about the mind, education and strategy. An other scene I really enjoyed was the one where the Eagle was actually stolen. It was dark, dynamic, unexpected and nearly mystic. In fact it wasn't the only one and a few others should surprise you as well. After all the astonishing opening credits revealed the Ancient Rome was a lot about rituals and myths. Let's also not forget the gorgeous women, gladiatorous men and other homages to Dionysus.


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