History Characters / Rome

23rd May '18 6:14:24 AM Nopperabo
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-->'''[[ProfessionalButtKisser Pothinus]]''': Behold Ptolemy! He of the two lands! He of sage and bay! Behold Ptolemy! Son of Ra! Ptolemy the Divine!

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-->'''[[ProfessionalButtKisser Pothinus]]''': Behold Ptolemy! He of the two lands! He of sage sedge and bay! bee! Behold Ptolemy! Son of Ra! Ptolemy the Divine!
21st May '18 11:16:34 AM CrimsonZephyr
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* {{Hypocrite}}: He's aghast at the thought of crossing the Rubicon with Caesar, but proudly recounts how his father "rode with Sulla." Sulla was the general and dictator who launched a MilitaryCoup a generation before exactly like Caesar had done, and unlike Caesar subjected Rome to a ReignOfTerror. This is a [[{{Foreshadowing}} subtle way of showing]] that Vorenus's [[PrinciplesZealot constitutional conservatism]] is [[NotSoAboveItAll highly contextual.]]

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* {{Hypocrite}}: He's aghast at the thought of crossing the Rubicon with Caesar, but proudly recounts how his father "rode with Sulla." Sulla was the general and dictator who launched a MilitaryCoup a generation before exactly like Caesar had done, and unlike Caesar subjected Rome to a ReignOfTerror. This is a [[{{Foreshadowing}} subtle way of showing]] that Vorenus's [[PrinciplesZealot constitutional conservatism]] is [[NotSoAboveItAll [[MoralMyopia highly contextual.]]
21st May '18 11:16:09 AM CrimsonZephyr
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* {{Hypocrite}}: He's aghast at the thought of crossing the Rubicon with Caesar, but proudly recounts how his father "rode with Sulla." Sulla was the general and dictator who launched a MilitaryCoup a generation before exactly like Caesar had done, and unlike Caesar subjected Rome to a ReignOfTerror. This is a [[{{Foreshadowing}} subtle way of showing]] that Vorenus's [[PrinciplesZealot constitional conservatism]] is [[NotSoAboveItAll highly contextual.]]

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* {{Hypocrite}}: He's aghast at the thought of crossing the Rubicon with Caesar, but proudly recounts how his father "rode with Sulla." Sulla was the general and dictator who launched a MilitaryCoup a generation before exactly like Caesar had done, and unlike Caesar subjected Rome to a ReignOfTerror. This is a [[{{Foreshadowing}} subtle way of showing]] that Vorenus's [[PrinciplesZealot constitional constitutional conservatism]] is [[NotSoAboveItAll highly contextual.]]
21st May '18 11:15:38 AM CrimsonZephyr
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* Hypocrite: He's aghast at the thought of crossing the Rubicon with Caesar, but proudly recounts how his father "rode with Sulla." Sulla was the general and dictator who launched a MilitaryCoup a generation before exactly like Caesar had done, and unlike Caesar subjected Rome to a ReignOfTerror. This is a [[{{Foreshadowing}} subtle way of showing]] that Vorenus's [[PrinciplesZealot constitional conservatism]] is [[NotSoAboveItAll highly contextual.]]

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* Hypocrite: {{Hypocrite}}: He's aghast at the thought of crossing the Rubicon with Caesar, but proudly recounts how his father "rode with Sulla." Sulla was the general and dictator who launched a MilitaryCoup a generation before exactly like Caesar had done, and unlike Caesar subjected Rome to a ReignOfTerror. This is a [[{{Foreshadowing}} subtle way of showing]] that Vorenus's [[PrinciplesZealot constitional conservatism]] is [[NotSoAboveItAll highly contextual.]]
21st May '18 11:15:24 AM CrimsonZephyr
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* Hypocrite: He's aghast at the thought of crossing the Rubicon with Caesar, but proudly recounts how his father "rode with Sulla." Sulla was the general and dictator who launched a MilitaryCoup a generation before exactly like Caesar had done, and unlike Caesar subjected Rome to a ReignOfTerror. This is a [[{{Foreshadowing}} subtle way of showing]] that Vorenus's [[PrinciplesZealot constitional conservatism]] is [[NotSoAboveItAll highly contextual.]]
31st Mar '18 4:23:17 PM Omnicron13
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* TheEeyore: You can always count on Cato to speak negatively, especially when matters are at their worst. He made this clear to Scipio as a short ShutUpKirk speech.
-->'''Scipio:''' Cheer up, we live. We live and where there's life, there's hope.
-->'''Cato:''' I'm afraid if we've done anything old friend, we've disproved that proverb.
25th Feb '18 11:29:41 AM Dracosolon
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![[UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar Gaius Julius Cesar]]

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![[UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar Gaius Julius Cesar]]
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25th Feb '18 11:29:20 AM Dracosolon
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![[UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar Gaius Julius Cesar]]
24th Feb '18 11:00:35 AM RedScharlach
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One of the two protagonists. We first meet him as a centurion of the 13th Legion in Gaul who has not seen home nor his family for 8 years and wishes nothing but going back to them. Vorenus is an impeccably honest and most honorable man that values tradition, law and loyalty to the Roman Republic above all... something that will bring him innumerable problems. Played by Creator/KevinMcKidd.

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One of the two protagonists. We first meet him as a centurion of the 13th Legion in Gaul who has not seen home nor his family for 8 years and wishes for nothing but going to go back to them. Vorenus is an impeccably honest and most honorable man that who values tradition, law and loyalty to the Roman Republic above all... something that will bring him innumerable problems. Played by Creator/KevinMcKidd.



* AscendedExtra: The surviving writings of the actual, historical Caesar mention one 'Lucius Vorenus', centurion. Very little else is known of him, although it's safe to assume his importance has been greatly exaggerated. The real Lucius Vorenus actually belong to the 11th legion.

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* AscendedExtra: The surviving writings of the actual, historical Caesar mention one 'Lucius Vorenus', centurion. Very little else is known of him, although it's safe to assume his importance has been greatly exaggerated. The real Lucius Vorenus actually belong belonged to the 11th legion.



* FireForgedFriends: With Pullio, and strangely enough with Mark Antony by the end of the series. Although Vorenus doesn't approve of Antony's hedonistic ways, he eventually realises they share the same self-destructive urges.

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* FireForgedFriends: With Pullio, Pullo, and strangely enough with Mark Antony by the end of the series. Although Vorenus doesn't approve of Antony's hedonistic ways, he eventually realises they share the same self-destructive urges.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: As much of a screwup he is as a father, he does love his children, and does have some of his own personal morals.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: As much of a screwup as he is as a father, he does love his children, and does have some of his own personal morals.



The other protagonist. Pullo is an impulsive, boisterous and wholly irreverent legionary in the 13th Legion serving under Vorenus, who he befriends nonetheless after going on a mission with him. The two then return to Vorenus' house in Rome as HeterosexualLifePartners. Played by Creator/RayStevenson.

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The other protagonist. Pullo is an impulsive, boisterous and wholly irreverent legionary in the 13th Legion serving under Vorenus, who whom he befriends nonetheless after going on a mission with him. The two then return to Vorenus' house in Rome as HeterosexualLifePartners. Played by Creator/RayStevenson.



* BeenThereShapedHistory: It's even lampshaded in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oenHjrs_Wgk "How Titus Pullo brought down the Republic"]] where Pullo's gambling problem and murder of a conman culminated in an attempted revenge killing that kicked off Caeser's eventual return to Rome and him dissolving the Republic.

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* BeenThereShapedHistory: It's even lampshaded in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oenHjrs_Wgk "How Titus Pullo brought down the Republic"]] where Pullo's gambling problem and murder of a conman culminated in an attempted revenge killing that kicked off Caeser's Caesar's eventual return to Rome and him dissolving the Republic.



* BodyHorror: Gets a skull fracture during a street brawl. The treatment of the time (centuries before the invention of anaesthetics) ain't pretty.

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* BodyHorror: Gets a skull fracture during a street brawl. The treatment of the time (centuries before the invention of anaesthetics) anesthetic) ain't pretty.



* BruiserWithASoftCenter: He's like a combination of a teddybear and a grizzly bear.

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* BruiserWithASoftCenter: He's like a combination of a teddybear teddy bear and a grizzly bear.



Vorenus' wife through an ArrangedMarriage and mother of two daughters, [[OneSteveLimit both named Vorena]]. At the start of the series she has been in charge of the Voreni household for eight years while her husband was at war in Gaul. She also has a son from her brother in-law who she tries to pass as her eldest daughter's when Vorenus returns home. Played by Creator/IndiraVarma.

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Vorenus' wife through an ArrangedMarriage and mother of two daughters, [[OneSteveLimit both named Vorena]]. At the start of the series she has been in charge of the Voreni household for eight years while her husband was at war in Gaul. She also has a son from her brother in-law who she tries to pass off as her eldest daughter's when Vorenus returns home. Played by Creator/IndiraVarma.



* [[spoiler: DeathByChildbirth: Dies as a result of blood loss when she miscarries. Subverted though as it was a result of Gaia secretly giving her silphium which was a (now extinct) plant used to induce abortion back in ancient times.]]

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* [[spoiler: DeathByChildbirth: [[spoiler:DeathByChildbirth: Dies as a result of blood loss when she miscarries. Subverted though as it was a result of Gaia secretly giving her silphium which was a (now extinct) plant used to induce abortion back in ancient times.]]



* LongestPregnancyEver: Because of [[ScrewedByTheNetwork HBO's decision]] to cancel the show in the second season, the writing team had to compact the story lines planned for the second, third ''and'' fourth seasons into one in order to give the story some closure. This lead to Eirene remaining pregnant during historical events that happened in the span of two whole years.

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* LongestPregnancyEver: Because of [[ScrewedByTheNetwork HBO's decision]] to cancel the show in the second season, the writing team had to compact the story lines planned for the second, third ''and'' fourth seasons into one in order to give the story some closure. This lead led to Eirene remaining pregnant during historical events that happened in over the span of two whole years.



* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: It's not until the very last episode she is in that her real name is revealed - Adela. In RealLife, the Romans used to give the slaves new names based on perceived qualities of them. Eirene in particular is Greek for "peace".

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: It's not until the very last episode she is in that her real name is revealed - Adela. In RealLife, the Romans used to give the slaves new names based on their perceived qualities of them.qualities. Eirene in particular is Greek for "peace".



* LegacyCharacter: Sees himself as this after Caesar names him adoptive son and lone heir in his will.

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* LegacyCharacter: Sees himself as this after Caesar names him adoptive son and lone sole heir in his will.



* LoveAtFirstSight: To Livia.

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* LoveAtFirstSight: To With Livia.



* AnythingThatMoves: As he puts it, "I'm not rising from this bed until I've fucked someone". See the note for ReallyGetsAround.

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* AnythingThatMoves: As he puts it, "I'm not rising from this bed until I've fucked someone". someone." See the note for ReallyGetsAround.



* BeardOfSorrow: Mark Antony grows a beard after Octavian crushes his rebellion. By a historical account, this actually happened.

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* BeardOfSorrow: Mark Antony grows a beard after Octavian crushes his rebellion. By a According to historical account, this actually happened.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Strolling into Caesar's tent covered in blood, bantering with Brutus, and then, when given a mission to accomplish on a strict budget, unabashedly [[StealingFromTheTill stealing half the money anyway]]. One of his first outdoors activities has him fornicating a peasant while his guards watch and his cohorts wait.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Strolling into Caesar's tent covered in blood, bantering with Brutus, and then, when given a mission to accomplish on a strict budget, unabashedly [[StealingFromTheTill stealing half the money anyway]]. One of his first outdoors outdoor activities has him fornicating with a peasant while his guards watch and his cohorts wait.



* SlouchOfVillainy: He's visibly bored and laid-back when he's presiding senatorial sessions.

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* SlouchOfVillainy: He's visibly bored and laid-back when he's presiding over senatorial sessions.



* TheUnfavourite: He led Caesars Armies, held Rome when he was away and became Consul in the Senate for Caeser. [[spoiler: This counts for nothing and he is clearly hurt when he finds out that Caeser left everything to Octavian and nothing to him. The issue remains a sore point between him and Octavian.]]

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* TheUnfavourite: He led Caesars Armies, Caesar's armies, held Rome when he was away and became Consul in the Senate for Caeser. Caesar. [[spoiler: This counts for nothing and he is clearly hurt when he finds out that Caeser Caesar left everything to Octavian and nothing to him. The issue remains a sore point between him and Octavian.]]



Caesar's niece and mother to Octavian and Octavia, plus long-time lover of Mark Antony. Atia is an extremely ambitious and EvilMatriarch supreme that stops almost at nothing to get what she wants. She's the real power force in the Julian household... at least, until Octavian grows enough to overrule her. Played by Polly Walker.

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Caesar's niece and mother to Octavian and Octavia, plus long-time lover of Mark Antony. Atia is an extremely ambitious and EvilMatriarch supreme that stops almost at nothing to get what she wants. She's the real power force in the Julian household... at least, until Octavian grows old enough to overrule her. Played by Polly Walker.



* SparedByTheAdaption: The real-life Atia died only a year after her uncle, Julius Caesar.

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* SparedByTheAdaption: SparedByTheAdaptation: The real-life Atia died only a year after her uncle, Julius Caesar.



* HonorBeforeReason: Will not leave Rome until Caeser's will has been read even as people could very well be looking to kill her.

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* HonorBeforeReason: Will not leave Rome until Caeser's Caesar's will has been read even as people could very well be looking to kill her.



A stubborn, staunch traditionalist senator and defender of the Republic, and as a result declared enemy of Caesar. Also half-brother to Servilia and uncle to Brutus. Played by Karl Johnson.

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A stubborn, staunch traditionalist senator and defender of the Republic, and as a result result, a declared enemy of Caesar. Also half-brother to Servilia and uncle to Brutus. Played by Karl Johnson.



Once a mighty conqueror and hero of the Republic, Pompey is a jaded Consul of Rome living mostly of past glories by the time the show starts. When Caesar tries to seize power he sides with the Senate against him. Played by Kenneth Cranham.

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Once a mighty conqueror and hero of the Republic, Pompey is a jaded Consul of Rome Rome, living mostly of on past glories by the time the show starts. When Caesar tries to seize power he sides with the Senate against him. Played by Kenneth Cranham.



* DecapitationPresentation: Gets his head on a plate offered to Caesar by the Egyptians, who wish to congratiate with him. He is supremely pissed.

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* DecapitationPresentation: Gets his head on a plate offered to Caesar by the Egyptians, who wish to congratiate ingratiate themselves with him. He is supremely pissed.



* EtTuBrute: He gets offed by a once soldier of his, now working as a mercenary for the Egyptians.

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* EtTuBrute: He gets offed by a once former soldier of his, now working as a mercenary for the Egyptians.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Mark Antony threatens to have [[CreepySouvenir his hands]] cut and nailed to the Senate's doors. Guess what happens years later.
* OnlySaneMan: The rare moderate and reasonable figure most of the time.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Mark Antony threatens to have [[CreepySouvenir his hands]] cut off and nailed to the Senate's doors. Guess what happens years later.
* OnlySaneMan: The A rare moderate and reasonable figure most of the time.



* BookEnds: He appears in both the pilot and the last episode making the same announcement, offering a reward for a missing slave, "runaway or stolen". It's used to show that despite the vast historical changes happened in the span of the series, the life of the average citizen remains the same.

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* BookEnds: He appears in both the pilot and the last episode making the same announcement, offering a reward for a missing slave, "runaway or stolen". It's used to show that despite the vast historical changes happened in over the span of the series, the life of the average citizen remains the same.



* UndyingLoyalty: She keeps serving Cleopatra until she kills herself (with Charmian's help), then commits suicide in turn. This is according to custom, but it's clear that she sees no purpose in living past her queen.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Charmian has no problem trading verbal barbs with her most estimated queen.

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* UndyingLoyalty: She keeps serving Cleopatra until she kills herself (with Charmian's help), then commits suicide in turn. This is according to custom, but it's clear that she sees no purpose in living past beyond her queen.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Charmian has no problem trading verbal barbs with her most estimated esteemed queen.



* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler:Accidently kills Levi during a knife struggle with him, in an effort to stop him from assassinating Herod.]]

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* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler:Accidently [[spoiler:Accidentally kills Levi during a knife struggle with him, in an effort to stop him from assassinating Herod.]]



* TwoFaced: His personality is a 180º turn when he serves Atia to when he is with his family.

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* TwoFaced: His personality is takes a 180º turn when he serves Atia Atia, as opposed to when he is with his family.



* YoungFutureFamousPeople: His appearance in the series predates the birth of Jesus for about 30 years.

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* YoungFutureFamousPeople: His appearance in the series predates the birth of Jesus for by about 30 years.
29th Jan '18 9:16:57 PM Rippingtons60
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Atia realizes towards the end of the second season what a cold-hearted and cruel monster Octavian has become, she spends last episode reflecting on what a [[UsedToBeASweatKid good honest boy he was when he was young]]. It finally sinks in to Atia that the manipulation and things she forced him to do throughout his life for her own selfish aims is what caused her son to become what he is now.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Atia realizes towards the end of the second season what a cold-hearted and cruel monster Octavian has become, she spends last episode reflecting on what a [[UsedToBeASweatKid [[UsedToBeASweetKid good honest boy he was when he was young]]. It finally sinks in to Atia that the manipulation and things she forced him to do throughout his life for her own selfish aims is what caused her son to become what he is now.
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