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In this British historical drama, the turbulent transition from Roman republic to autocratic empire, which changed world history through civil war and wars of conquest, is sketched both from the aristocratic viewpoint of Julius Caesar, his family, his adopted successor Octavian Augustus, and their political allies and adversaries, and from the politically naive viewpoint of a few ordinary Romans, notably the soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo and their families. Written by
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The real Atia (Octavian's mother) died in 43 B.C. In the series she is still alive in 31 B.C. See more »
Servilia of the Junii:
Gods of the Junii, with this offering I ask you to summon Tyche, Megaera, and Nemesis so that they may witness this curse. By the spirits of my ancestors I curse Gaius Julius Caesar. Let his penis shrink. Let his bones crack. Let him see his legionnaires drown in their own blood. Gods of the Junii, I offer to you his limbs, his mouth, his breath, his speech, his hands, his heart, his stomach. Gods of the Inferno, let me see him suffer deeply, and I will rejoice and sacrifice to you.
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After seeing the first episode, the show promises to be an excellent
production showing the civilization and intrigue of the Rome of Julius
Caesar. We can't place our own moral code on these characters. They had
their own, and are shown living it. When your life depended upon
position and knowledge, you did everything you could to put yourself in
the best position possible. In an "about the show" program that I saw
about "Rome", the actress who plays Atia says that she doesn't feel her
character is evil. The character is doing what she has to in order to
keep her position and stay alive in that time. Life was hard, and so
one didn't have the luxury of being soft.
To those who complain about the accents, so what? Why would someone
from ancient Rome speak with an Italian accent? Language and dialect
evolve over time. Who knows what an ancient Roman accent sounded like?
They aren't Italians speaking in English, they are Romans speaking
their own Latin dialect. Latin is not Italian. Just ask my old High
School Latin teacher. We just happen to have the movie magic version of
a Universal Translator, so we can understand them.
The sets are perfect, showing a bustling city, full of activity. To
those who complain about them, they have to remember that the ruins of
ancient Rome that we see today have been scoured clean by the
progression of time. The filmmakers felt that ancient Rome would have
been more like Bombay, India, and I tend to agree with them.
The series shows life as it was in those days. I'm looking forward to
seeing how it develops further.
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