Rome: Season 2
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The year is 44 B.C. Julius Caesar has been assassinated and civil war threatens to destroy the Republic. In the void left by Caesar's demise, egos clash and numerous players jockey for position. The brutally ambitious Mark Antony attempts to solidify his power, aligning himself with Atia, but coming to blows with her cunning son Octavian, who has been anointed in Caesar's will as his only son and heir. Meanwhile Titus Pullo attempts to pull his friend Lucius Vorenus out of the darkness that has engulfed his soul in the wake of personal tragedy. For once again, the fates of these two mismatched soldiers seem inexorably tied to the fate of Rome itself.]]>
Rome's second season does not scrimp on the series' sex and violence, in both cases exceedingly brutal. But in this cauldron of treachery and betrayal, words, too, are vicious, as when a defiant Atia ominously tells Octavian's new wife, Livia, "Far better women that you have sworn to [destroy me]. Go look for them now." In writing Rome's epitaph, we come to praise this series, not to bury it. Although two seasons was not enough to establish a Rome empire, it stands as one of HBO's crowning achievements. --Donald Liebenson
- Ten episodes on five discs
- Commentary by cast and crew on five episodes
- All Roads Lead to Rome: interactive on-screen guide
- A Tale of Two Romes: how the patricians and plebs differed
- The Making of Rome, Season 2
- The Rise of Octavian: Rome's First Emperor
- Antony & Cleopatra
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Others have expounded on inaccuracies as to the history. As a student of history myself, I can understand the frustration. However, these things do not bother me generally as I watch series like these to escape. All I generally ask is that I be entertained. (NOTE: I admit that my 'laidbackness' did not extend to the massacred 'Troy' which was so very inaccurate in so many particulars and not even that entertaining).
So that entire paragraph above was meant to convey the following: Put aside your history books, forget the 'true' story and allow yourself to be immersed in the grandeur and sumptiousness that is this BBC/HBO production.
I believe that you will love many of the characters (notably Atia) - and love to hate others (notably Atia). You will be sad and happy and yes - horrified at times, but you will not say that you were not invested in some measure. Note that even those not as enamoured of the series as I, watched every episode AND took the time out to write reviews. That must tell you something. Rome is something to witness and talk about, whatever your view.
WARNING: If the DVD is the first time you are watching this, clear hours of your day. You will be captivated in one way or another and that smell wafting through your living room will be the forgotten pot on your stove.
I highly recommend this series and enthusiastically give it 5 stars (wish there were 6).
In 2005, a new television series aired on HBO with the simple name "Rome". It's second season continued in 2007. Unlike past negative portrayals of ancient Rome, this fictional series (based on factual events) focuses on the lives of various individuals, including Julius Caesar's former mistress Servilia (Lindsay Duncan); the power-hungry Atia (Polly Walker), who was related to Caesar; Atia's son Gaius Octavian (Max Pirkis as a teenager, Simon Woods as a young man); Octavian's friend & general Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa (Allen Leech), who falls in love with Octavian's sister Octavia (Kerry Condon); Mark Antony (James Purefoy), who is forced to marry Octavia to keep peace with Octavian; Servilia's son Marcus Junius Brutus (Tobias Menzies); Cleopatra (Lyndsey Marshal); Senator Marcus Tullius Cicero (David Bamber); and two Roman soldiers: Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson).Read more ›
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I absolutely enjoyed both series of this show, I didn't want it to end!Published 4 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Rome is without question one of the best series that HBO ever came out with.Published 5 hours ago by Robert Easterling
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|Who's More Virtuous - Titus Pullo or Lucius Vorenus?||
Truth is I don't know that I would use 'virtuous' to describe either one of them. They were certainly both very human.
Vorenus might have had more moral fibre than Pullo, but Pullo was smarter and definitely more worldly-wise. For instance, both 'killed' because of love. Vorenus 'killed' the... Read More
Aug 24, 2007 by ScrabbleMaven | See all 12 posts
|What Are Your Thoughts On Gaia?||
Regrettably, Pullo's reaction to Gaia's confession proved he was never really worthy of Eirene's love. Gaia had done what Pullo had done. Eirene forgave, Pullo did not.
Sep 7, 2007 by Dennis Heffernan | See all 9 posts
|HBO Rome, I'm hooked, we're hooked, I'm LOVING with a passion, then ---...||
If only someone (maybe the same folks who did "Rome"???) would do a series on the early Medici! The HBO series on the Medici-- with the disgraceful subtitle "Godfathers of the Renaissance"-- was awful beyond belief.
Jul 4, 2009 by A reader | See all 5 posts
|What Are Your Favorite Lines In The Entire ROME Series?||
Titus in Egypt: "She was as wet as October"
Sep 4, 2007 by Tyronious Antonious | See all 15 posts
|Who Is Your Favorite Character In ROME And Why?||
Caesar was magnificent, complex, believable.
Nov 14, 2007 by Ben Roberts | See all 15 posts
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