Rome (2005–2007)
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Passover 

In the wake of Caesar's death, Mark Antony considers a move north, while Vorenus issues a curse he soon regrets.

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Timothy Van Patten

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin McKidd ... Lucius Vorenus
Ray Stevenson ... Titus Pullo
Polly Walker ... Atia of the Julii
Lindsay Duncan ... Servilia of the Junii
Tobias Menzies ... Marcus Junius Brutus
Kerry Condon ... Octavia of the Julii
Indira Varma ... Niobe
David Bamber ... Marcus Tullius Cicero
Haydn Gwynne ... Calpurnia
Guy Henry ... Cassius
Suzanne Bertish ... Eleni
Anna Francolini Anna Francolini ... Clarissa
Chiara Mastalli ... Eirene
Lorcan Cranitch ... Erastes Fulmen
Esther Hall Esther Hall ... Lyde
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Picking up exactly where Season One left off on the Ides of March, 44 BC, Caesar has been assassinated, stabbed to death, and his bloody corpse lays in the senate. The rapidly spreading news shocks the city. Even consul Marc Antony must run to the safety of Atia's house where he swears to take bloody revenge on Caesar's murderers, but for the time flees with Caesar's family to the north. But Octavian keeps a cooler head then his mother. Calpurnia insists on the private reading of Caesar's will, which names Gaius Octavian as his adopted son and full heir and makes a gift to each citizen while freeing Posca (the slave who reads it out) with a stipend, but they must fear a rightful tyrannicide will be declared allowing full confiscation. Octavian points out legally declaring Caesar a tyrant would also invalidate all his deeds, including mandates held from him, so Brutus' followers have an interest in a full pardon instead. Hearing about Vorinus accidental killing of Niobe, Pullo rushes ... Written by KGF Vissers

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English

Release Date:

14 January 2007 (USA) See more »

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Antony's compromise solution of allowing Caesar's promotions to remain in effect meant that Vorenus would have continued to be a senator. For the sake of the storyline, this was conveniently ignored. See more »

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After the death of Caesar the slave Posca becomes a freedman and starts working for Mark Antony. However, under the Roman code of patronage freedmen remained in service with their former master and subsequent heir. So Posca should have started working for Octavian, not Mark Antony. See more »

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Servilia of the Junii: Tell us, Antony. To what do we owe this unexpected pleasure?
Mark Antony: Listen. Why so quiet? A tyrant is dead. Surely the people should be happy. Where is the cheering throng at your door? Where are the joyous cries of liberty?
Servilia of the Junii: The people fear change. A somber mood is only... natural.
Marcus Junius Brutus: When they realize they are free from tyranny, the people will be glad.
Mark Antony: The people LOVED Caesar. And they will hate you for what you've done.
Marcus Junius Brutus: They loved him once. As I did.
Mark Antony: Well, some have turned against him, no doubt. It ...
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Spectacular Premiere Episode For Season Two!
9 August 2016 | by Dan1863SicklesSee all my reviews

ROME wasn't around for long, but for the two seasons it ran it was one of the best shows HBO ever turned out. And for my money the second season was often better than the first!

This episode has a lot of explosive action, yet the title "Aftermath" would have been better than "Passover." In the upper world, it's the aftermath of Caesar's assassination. In the lower world, it's the aftermath of Vorenus' fatal argument with his wife Niobe. Watching characters high and low cope with life-or-death consequences, grief and danger makes for electrifying viewing!

Although I love Pullo and Vorenus very much, the reason this episode is my favorite is because you really see Marc Antony at his very best. James Purefoy just can't be beat and this episode really belongs to him. Betrayed, caught off guard, his father-figure and patron dead, Antony really rises to the occasion! He outruns the bad guys outside the senate, out-thinks Brutus and the well-born elite, carefully uses his playboy persona to keep everyone off-guard, and at the end literally changes history with the most explosive funeral oration ever!

At the same time, Max Perkis as the young Octavian (and future Emperor Augustus) is equally compelling and watchable. The frail and soft-spoken boy is so easy to overlook, until he opens his mouth and reveals an almost uncanny sense of purpose and a strength of character that equals or surpasses that of Mark Antony. The two of them are allies in this episode yet their fatal rivalry is already obvious. It's so amazing to see these historical icons come to life in a drama that's as much about family loyalty and grief as it is about historical events!

Last but not least, I have to mention that the actor who plays Cicero (David Bamber?) is sensational. On one level he's pure comic relief, a coward and hypocrite who switches sides at the drop of a hat. On the other hand the actor never lets you lose sight of the man's brilliance, his eloquence, or his sincere loyalty to the old republic. I can't think of a single bad performance in ROME, from the noble ladies to the lowest slaves. But this was truly special!


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