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Philippi 

Cicero is finally undone by his duplicity in the form of Titus Pullo, acting upon Octavian's request to assassinate all supporters of Brutus in Rome. Pullo and Vorenus enjoy a happy if ... See full summary »

Director:

Roger Young

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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
Tobias Menzies ... Marcus Junius Brutus
Kerry Condon ... Octavia of the Julii
Simon Woods ... Gaius Octavian Caesar
Zuleikha Robinson ... Gaia
David Bamber ... Marcus Tullius Cicero
Guy Henry ... Cassius
Allen Leech ... Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa
Alex Wyndham ... Gaius Maecenas
Chiara Mastalli ... Eirene
Camilla Rutherford ... Jocasta
Alan Williams ... Acerbo
Lee Boardman ... Timon
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Cicero is finally undone by his duplicity in the form of Titus Pullo, acting upon Octavian's request to assassinate all supporters of Brutus in Rome. Pullo and Vorenus enjoy a happy if counterfeit outing with their families in the countryside to hide their assassin mission. Vorena the Elder's dangerous dalliance with one of Mimeo's men continues, and the torrid affair between Octavia and Agrippa escalates. Atia's casual cruelty to ask for the assassination of people she doesn't like results in complete disaster for Octavia's friend Jocasta. Elsewhere, the headstrong Levi engages Timon in a plan to assassinate King Herod by recruiting in the synagogue where they worship. Disastrously out manned, Brutus and Cassius engage the combined legions of Mark Antony and Octavian, and confront their fates in the ferocious battle at Philippi. Written by Christopher Chase (cchase@onebox.com)

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English

Release Date:

18 February 2007 (USA) See more »

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In the beginning of the Battle of Philipi, a banner belonging to the "XXVII" (27th) Legion is shown during Brutus and Cassius attack against Octavian and Anthony's lines. In reality there never was a "XXVII" (27th) Legion at any point in ancient Roman history. See more »

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[Right before Octavian and others go riding out to meet Brutus/Cassius' legions]
Atia of the Julii: Octavian please, for my sake, be good to Anthony.
Gaius Octavian: [annoyed] I am pledged to it, mother.
Atia of the Julii: He's an arrogant shit, I know, but he's a good and honest man
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Rome Main Title Theme
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Written by Jeff Beal
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Disappointing.
19 February 2007 | by ScunnerSee all my reviews

(Contains spoilers).

Whilst I love 'Rome' as a series and have been able to live with the historical inaccuracies in the cause of creative licence up until this point their mauling of the battle of Philippi and rewriting of the deaths of Brutus and Cassius was a step too far. I mean if they were allowed to fictitiously go down heroically fighting why not have given Caesar a sword and let him take out a few conspirators before being overwhelmed? It's not as if their real deaths by suicide weren't dramatic/tragic/moving enough without ridiculously hollywoodising them and as for the battle itself, while I understand the constraints of cost even in show with such a healthy budget, a mere hint of it lasting two days during the first of which Octavion was essentially defeated by Brutus would have been nice.

Another problem I had was Pullo chatting nonchalantly to Cicero before murdering him, he came across as a completely unbalanced psychotic rather than the only mildly unbalanced psychotic we've all grown to love.

Great series, bad episode.


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