Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Rome: Episode 1.01 "The Stolen Eagle" (Review)

Ep. 1.02 →

Scipio: What a dreadful noise plebs make when they’re happy.
Caro: This is music. Wait until Caesar starts them howling for our blood: then you’ll hear something dreadful.

I've seen a few episodes of this series time ago, and I was very intrigued. I had recently read De Bello Gallico, then I re-read Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare, and I have become more and more passionate about Ancient Rome History. So, I decided to watch the whole series! :)

While in Rome they plot in Senate with politics, and in the families ith marriages and divorces, in Gaul Caesar defeats Vercingetorix, and subdues definitively all the territory.

First episode very interesting! We meet all the famous historical protagonists of those years: Cato, Cicero, Pompey, Caesar, Mark Antony... And we also met the two protagonists of the series, Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo, and we can already see clearly their characters: serious, loyal, upright the former, impetuous, undisciplined, unconventional the latter.
In this first episode there are already two characters that show up.
The first is Atia, Octavian's mother. She's really wicked and unscrupulous!! She maneuvers her daughter as she likes, making her divorce and marry like nothing happened, and she sents her son to risk his life in Gaul. Everything because their family could get honor in the eyes of Caesar! Of course, her motives have also a certain weight (she has no husband, so she and her children depend entirely on the generosity of some wealthy relative - and Caesar is her uncle, and he's certainly very rich), but she do not really care about how much her loved ones will have to suffer! Needless to say, I already love her! :)
The second character that immediately struck me was Octavian, the future first emperor of Rome: in this episode he's just a kid, he's not more than 15, buthe already demonstrates very smart and most of all skilled in politics and human psychology!

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