Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Data Base: Rome (2005 - 2007)

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Series Premiere 28 August 2005
Series Finale 25 March 2007
Genre history, period, drama
Country of Origin UK, USA
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 22
Running Time ca. 50 min.
Channel HBO
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Developed by John Milius, William J. MacDonald, Bruno Heller
Starring Coral Amiga, Lee Boardman, Kerry Condon, Kenneth Cranham, Lindsay Duncan, Anna Fausta Primiano, Guy Henry, Ciarán Hinds, Allen Leech, Lyndsey Marshal, Kevin McKidd, Ian McNeice, Tobias Menzies, Max Pirkis, James Purefoy, Ray Stevenson, Indira Varma, Polly Walker, Simon Woods


Set in Ancient Rome, this HBO historical drama tells the story of the two common soldiers Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson) who find their destinies intertwined with the great and powerful people of the city. The series covers Julius Caesar's (Ciarán Hinds) rise and consequent downfall as well as Emperor Augustus' youth (Max Pirkis/Simon Woods) and later quarrel with military leader and influential politician Marc Antony (James Purefoy).

Yay or Nay?

Before there was Game of Thrones or Spartacus, Rome was already brimming with sex, violence and an epic set design. But, much more than that, it managed to build an intriguing narrative around well-known historical events, create a whole bunch of memorable as well as loveable characters and put a question mark behind our all too established understanding of historical facts. Fans of Ancient Rome and magnificent costume drama will love this. Historical fiction has never been better.

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