Rome is the saga of two ordinary Roman soldiers and their families. An intimate drama of love and betrayal, masters and slaves, and husbands and wives, it chronicles epic times that saw the fall of a republic and the creation of an empire. The series begins in 51 BC, as Gaius Julius Caesar has completed his masterful conquest of Gaul after eight years of war, and is preparing to return to Rome. He heads home with thousands of loyal battle-hardened men, huge amounts of loot in gold and slaves, and a populist agenda for radical social change. Terrified, the aristocracy threatens to prosecute Caesar for war crimes as soon as he sets foot in Rome. Caesar's old friend and mentor, Pompey Magnus, attempts to foment mutiny in order to maintain the balance of power. Two of Caesar's soldiers, Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo, thwart Pompey's plan and in the process, win the eternal gratitude of Caesar and the Julian clan, affording the two plebian officers an intimate view of the ruling class. The fates of Pullo and Vorenus become entwined with those of Caesar, Mark Antony, Cleopatra and the boy Octavian, a strange and awkward child who, by political guile and bloody force, will become the first emperor of Rome.
A BBC (I, Claudius) and HBO (the Sopranos) co-production. (co-produced - Band of Brothers)
Filmed in Rome at Cinecitta Studios and on location around Europe.
Scheduled for release, Fall of 2005.
Executive Producer/Lead Writer - Bruno Heller [Touching Evil (2004), The Huntress (2000), The Expendables (2000)]
Director (3 Episodes) - Michael Apted [Heaven's Prisoner's/Blink (2004), Enigma (2002)]
Writers - John Milius, Paolo Tiberti, Alexandra Cunningham, David Frankel, Adrian Hodges, William J. MacDonald
Character - Actor - Partial Credits.
Gaius Julius Caesar - Ciaran Hinds [Phantom of the Opera (2003), Sum of All Fears (2002), Mary Reilly (1996)]
Lucius Vorenus (one main character, a soldier) - Kevin McKidd [Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Max (2002), Dog Soldiers (2002)]
Titus Pullo (one main character, a soldier) - Ray Stevenson [King Arthur (2004)]
Servilia (Caesar's lover, and mother of Brutus) - Lindsay Duncan [Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Marc Antony - James Purefoy [Blessed (2004), Resident Evil (2002)]
Atia (Caesar's Niece) - Polly Walker [Eye See You (2002)]
Octavia (Atia's daughter) - Kerry Condon [Ned Kelly (2004)]
Octavian (Atia's husband) - Aaron Johnson [Shanghai Knights (2003)]
Gaius Octavian (the eventual Augustus) - Max Pirkis
Niobe (Vorenus' wife) - Indira Varma [Bride and Prejudice (2005)]
Marcus Junius Brutus - Tobias Menzies
Marcus Porcius Cato - Karl Johnson
Marcus Tullius Cicero - David Bamber
Gnaus Pompey Magnus - Kenneth Cranham
Historical Caesar Comparison
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