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      Season 1 – Rome

      2005 History Drama List
      83% 36 Reviews Tomatometer 96% 250+ Ratings Audience Score Two Roman soldiers are caught up in the historical events of an era that included the death of a republic and the birth of an empire. They encounter war, political intrigue, assassinations, family tragedies and more, all while surrounded by historical figures such as Gaius Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Gaius Octavian and Cleopatra. Read More Read Less Watch on Vudu Premiered Jan 02 Buy Now

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      Rome builds slowly, but a laborious start delivers rich rewards in the form of decadent sets, delicious drama and a surprising amount of intimacy.

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      Episode 1 Aired Aug 28, 2005 Le Vol de l'aigle Two soldiers must find the army's golden standard; the Senate worries about Caesar's popularity; Atia is careful to play both sides of an escalating power struggle. Details Episode 2 Aired Sep 4, 2005 How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic Mark Antony returns to Rome; Vorenus heads home to his family; Pompey drafts an ultimatum stripping the general of his power. Details Episode 3 Aired Sep 11, 2005 An Owl in a Thornbush Pompey makes an unusual tactical decision; Atia enlists her mercenary to ensure her family's security; Pullo's unit intercepts a cargo wagon. Details Episode 4 Aired Sep 18, 2005 Stealing From Saturn Caesar seeks to consolidate his hold on Rome; Atia throws a party; Pullo delivers Quintus Pompey to Caesar. Details Episode 5 Aired Sep 25, 2005 The Ram Has Touched the Wall Caesar weighs Pompey's counteroffer; Vorenus must reconsider his career choices; Atia concocts a scheme to come between Caesar and Servilia. Details Episode 6 Aired Oct 2, 2005 Egeria Mark Antony runs Rome while Caesar pursues Pompey; Pullo takes Octavian to a brothel; Atia tries to mend fences with Servilia. Details Episode 7 Aired Oct 9, 2005 Pharsalus Vorenus and Pullo are marooned in the Adriatic Sea; Pompey decides to attack Caesar's depleted forces; Atia enlists Octavia to ask a favor of Servilia. Details Episode 8 Aired Oct 16, 2005 Caesarion Caesar arrives in Alexandria and meets the king; Vorenus and Pullo free Ptolemy's incarcerated sister; Caesar seeks payment from Egypt for past debts. Details Episode 9 Aired Oct 30, 2005 Utica Caesar returns home; Vorenus and Pullo have a showdown with a local thug; Servilia's plan backfires. Details Episode 10 Aired Nov 6, 2005 Triumph Caesar becomes emperor; Vorenus and Pullo plan their futures. Details Episode 11 Aired Nov 13, 2005 The Spoils Pullo descends into Rome's netherworld; Vorenus receives rewards for his allegiance. Details Episode 12 Aired Nov 20, 2005 Kalends of February Pullo and Vorenus receive rewards; Caesar decides to overhaul the Senate; Servilia hurdles the final obstacle in her revenge scenario. Details

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      Jim Schembri Sydney Morning Herald As solid as the intrigue and political drama of the show is -- think of it as The West Wing with gladiators -- Rome joins the long list of great shows unceremoniously buried by Nine. Don't let that deprive you. Apr 16, 2019 Full Review Ruth Ritchie Sydney Morning Herald Rome came to us from the venerable houses of HBO and the BBC yet it never held a candle to Claudius. Rome was so dark it was impossible to distinguish who was stabbing whom. And now, who cares? Apr 16, 2019 Full Review Ian Johns Times (UK) The script trudged on in the same way as Caesar's legions heading for the capital. Apr 16, 2019 Full Review John Paulsen "Rome" is detail-orientated and historically accurate, which are just two of the many reasons why the series is one of the best on TV. Rated: 4.5/5 Mar 31, 2020 Full Review Alan Pergament Buffalo News One has no doubt about the authenticity of much of "Rome." You just wish it was more fun to visit and taxed your brain more than it often does. Rated: 3/4 Mar 31, 2020 Full Review Ryan Vu PopMatters The series, invested in something of a pragmatist's view of history, doesn't allow all this sordid material to devour itself. Mar 31, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Louis C Arguably one of HBO's greatest shows. The acting is superb and the writing fantastic. Blending historic figures and settings with the fictional tale of two Roman soldiers, this show is captivating from beginning to end. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/06/23 Full Review Conta N Uma das melhores séries de todos os tempos. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/06/23 Full Review Maria J The women of the show are about as deep as a sidewalk puddle. Other than that it's a good show. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/08/23 Full Review El Jorge Exelente... exelente... Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/23/23 Full Review Crom W Top semi-historical drama series Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Trevor T Really enjoyed this show. Shame it only ran to two seasons. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/13/22 Full Review Read all reviews Post a review

      Season Info

      Executive Producer
      Bruno Heller, William J. Macdonald, John Milius, Anne Thomopoulos, Frank Doelger, Lucy Richer
      History, Drama
      Original Language
      Release Date
      Aug 28, 2005