The series created by HBO, primarily chronicles the lives and deeds of two common men: Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo, two Roman soldiers mentioned historically in Caesar’s De Bello Gallico. The fictionalized Vorenus and Pullo manage to witness and often influence many of the historical events presented, of which not all are accurate. Only two seasons were made, the first season depicts Julius Caesar’s civil war of 49 BC against the traditionalist conservative faction in the Roman Senate, his rise to absolute dictatorship over Rome, and his eventual fall, spanning the time period from the end of his Gallic Wars (52 BC or 701) until his assassination on 15 March 44 BC (the Ides of March). Against the backdrop of these events, we also see the early years of the young Octavian, who is destined to become the first Emperor of Rome, after he took the title of First Citizen, then Augustus. The second season chronicles the power struggle between Octavian and Mark Antony following Caesar’s assassination, spanning the period from Caesar’s death in 44 BC to Octavian’s final victory over Antony at Actium in 31 BC.
All characters deserves separate pages, and I try to resume a little some of their roles.Kevin McKidd plays Lucius Vorenus a strong character with limited brain judgement, sense of duty and great lack of relationship behavior. Ray Stevenson is Titus Pullo, the funny happy-goes-by who inadvertently became a key factor in the history of Rome. He also has his ways with the beautiful sex. By the way, it has different certifications, from 12 in The Netherlands to 18 in UK. All the main actresses were undressed at a point. If the first season is made to promote the series, the second one, already promoted, is tougher and less concerned with finesse. A lot of blood, putrefaction and nakedness.
Polly Walker is the intrigant Atia of the Julii, who loves James Purefoy the sexy Mark Antony (special guest star, a strong point to the series), which is followed by Kerry Condon as Octavia of the Julii, used here as a trading good for influence, position and manipulation. Ian McNeice is a very picturesque the Newsreader, Coral Amiga as Vorena the Elder, Lucius Vorenus elder daughter, with no less of importance for who saw the show. Lindsay Duncan is Servilia of the Junii another intriguing viper, she pimped herself to Ciarán Hinds [as Gaius Julius Caesar (another guest star)] to push Tobias Menzies [as Marcus Junius Brutus] in the Senate.
Nicholas Woodeson plays Posca (Gaius Julius Caesar’s literate aide-de-camp slave), Indira Varma is Niobe (Lucius Vorenus wife), David Bamber is Marcus Tullius Cicero, Chiara Mastalli is Eirene, a former slave and Titus Pullo’s unfortunate wife.
Max Pirkis is Gaius Octavian during childhood, another strong pole of the first season, one can see how the personality of the future Emperor was shaped. Lee Boardman is Timon (the entrepreneurial Jew who serves Atia with his knife and other manly meanings), Kenneth Cranham is Pompey Magnus, Allen Leech as Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, Guy Henry as Cassius, the gay friend and partner of Brutus. Camilla Rutherford is Jocasta, Simon Woods is Gaius Octavian Caesar a little bit more mature.
Zuleikha Robinson is Gaia, a slave who maybe loves Pullo and also seduces him only to have an advantage over his wife, Eirene.
Lyndsey Marshal is a very credible Cleopatra, horny, manipulative, sexy in a mousy way, a junkie patriot.
Every character has his own story. I’m sure that most of them are fictional, along the historical ones. A lot from the plot is a very catchy historical fiction, until now, by far the best representation of Antique Rome in cinema or television. This is my opinion, because it lacks the spectacular pomposity of the others, like Gladiator, for sample.
I have not found a representative video. Maybe the next, from a series of “Making Of…”:
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