The life of Spartacus, the gladiator who lead a rebellion against the Romans. From his time as an ally of the Romans, to his betrayal and becoming a gladiator, to the rebellion he leads and its ultimate outcome.
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
Authentic period fabrics - wool, linen, cotton and silk - were imported from Prato, as well as India, Tunisia and Morocco. Fabrics were purchased in a "raw" state and dyed at the production site. See more »
The series left out or changed details of actual history in many instances. Among them, were the following: (1) Pompey was only 6 years older than Caesar, (2) Octavian was not called Octavian until after his posthumous adoption by Caeser, prior to that he was called Octavius (3) Although, Octavius was shown at the beginning of the series (52 BCE) to be living in his mother's household, Octavius was raised by his grandmother until her death in 51 BCE. (4) Atia was married to Lucius Marcus Philippus from 56 BCE (prior to the beginning of the events in the series) until her death in 43 BCE. (5) Brutus committed suicide after his/Cassius's defeat at Philippi, he was not killed by Antony's men. Mark Antony, as a show of great respect, ordered Brutus' body to be wrapped in Antony's most expensive purple mantle. (6) Octavia had 2 or possibly 3 children at the time of her marriage to Mark Antony, which was precipitated by her first husband's death in 40 BCE. (7) Although left out entirely from the story, Porcia, Brutus's wife, was a much closer proxy to Servilia's character, which bore little resemblance to her real life counterpart. Porcia is rumored to have played a much larger role than Servilia in planning Caesar's assassination and Porcia, not Servilia, committed suicide after the death of Brutus. See more »
[Vorenus wakes up to find his horse has been stolen]
Fortune pisses on me once again!
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Because episode three is 37 minutes long, it was hard for BBC2 to schedule in the UK, and it was also felt that the short running time would make the episode feel curiously light. The first three episodes were therefore edited down into episodes one and two for the UK. This was mostly achieved by trimming within existing scenes; few scenes were actually lost. The final two episodes of the first series were also edited into a single double-length episode, possibly because it was around the Christmas period and was easier to fit into the holiday schedule than two regular-length slots. See more »
Great. Loving classical literature and history, and the sometimes ridiculous film genre known as Sword and Sandal, I was thrilled by the first episode - I really feel like I'm getting something very like the grit and feel of the place and the politics for the first time. I've read some stupid comments here that somehow the series is less than authentic because these Romans speak English - and most absurd - that the actors are all too old because the average male died in his 40's. That figure - If true - is skewed tremendously by the fact that many died of childhood maladies that are easily treated today. Many men lived in to their 70's and 80's, especially in the aristocracy. Pompey - one of the oldest in the series - died at something like 58, and his death was anything but natural. Look, some suspension of disbelief is required every time you turn the TV on. I think they've done a great job with this series and I look forward to future episodes.
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