History Series / Rome

4th Sep '16 5:00:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* AncientRome: Of course. The final period of TheRomanRepublic.

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* AncientRome: Of course. The final period of TheRomanRepublic.UsefulNotes/TheRomanRepublic.
1st Sep '16 12:45:57 AM TrollBrutal
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->''"Four hundred years after the last king was driven from the city, the Republic of Rome rules many nations, but cannot rule itself. The city is constantly roiled by conflict between the common people and the nobility. Power is shared, and order maintained by two soldiers, old friends Gnaeus Pompey Magnus and Gaius Julius Caesar. Once, Pompey was acknowledged by all to be the greater man, but for the last eight years, while Pompey has kept the peace in Rome, Caesar has waged a war of conquest in Gaul, that has made him ever more rich and popular. The balance of power is shifting, and the nobility have grown fearful. Though of noble blood himself, Caesar stands with the common people. A man like that, an aristocrat with soldiers, money and the love of the people might make himself king..."''


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->''"Four hundred years after the last king was driven from the city, the Republic of Rome rules many nations, but cannot rule itself. The city is constantly roiled by conflict between the common people and the nobility. Power is shared, and order maintained by two soldiers, old friends Gnaeus Pompey Magnus and Gaius Julius Caesar. Once, Pompey was acknowledged by all to ->''"I shall be the greater man, but a good politician. Even if it kills me. Or if it kills anyone else, for the last eight years, while Pompey has kept the peace in Rome, Caesar has waged a war of conquest in Gaul, that has made him ever more rich and popular. The balance of power is shifting, and the nobility have grown fearful. Though of noble blood himself, Caesar stands with the common people. A man like that, an aristocrat with soldiers, money and the love of the people might make himself king..."''

matter."''
-->-- '''Mark Antony'''

31st Aug '16 6:08:05 PM Draugr
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->''"I shall be a good politician. Even if it kills me. Or if it kills anyone else, for that matter."''
-->-- '''Mark Antony'''

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->''"I shall ->''"Four hundred years after the last king was driven from the city, the Republic of Rome rules many nations, but cannot rule itself. The city is constantly roiled by conflict between the common people and the nobility. Power is shared, and order maintained by two soldiers, old friends Gnaeus Pompey Magnus and Gaius Julius Caesar. Once, Pompey was acknowledged by all to be a good politician. Even if it kills me. Or if it kills anyone else, the greater man, but for the last eight years, while Pompey has kept the peace in Rome, Caesar has waged a war of conquest in Gaul, that matter."''
-->-- '''Mark Antony'''
has made him ever more rich and popular. The balance of power is shifting, and the nobility have grown fearful. Though of noble blood himself, Caesar stands with the common people. A man like that, an aristocrat with soldiers, money and the love of the people might make himself king..."''

29th Aug '16 6:41:28 PM ShorinBJ
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One of its most innovative ideas was to focus on the lives of ordinary fictional Romans, rather than just historical figures like UsefulNotes/GaiusJuliusCaesar or UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}}. This had been explored before in literature and in {{Sit Com}}s, but ''Rome'' was the first television drama to do so. It was a great concept. The show had a tremendous ensemble cast, incredible production values and was both epic in scope and paid meticulous, loving attention to detail. It ended after its second series due to insufficient ratings to justify its massive expense. HBO executives later regretted the decision as [[BetterOnDVD DVD sales turned out to be very good]].

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One of its most innovative ideas was to focus on the lives of ordinary fictional Romans, rather than just historical figures like UsefulNotes/GaiusJuliusCaesar or UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}}. This had been explored before in literature and in {{Sit Com}}s, {{sitcom}}s, but ''Rome'' was the first television drama to do so. It was a great concept. The show had a tremendous ensemble cast, incredible production values and was both epic in scope and paid meticulous, loving attention to detail. It ended after its second series due to insufficient ratings to justify its massive expense. HBO executives later regretted the decision as [[BetterOnDVD DVD sales turned out to be very good]].
17th Aug '16 2:28:12 PM TrollBrutal
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* NewEraSpeech: Octavian delivers one after becoming Consul.

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* NewEraSpeech: Octavian NewEraSpeech:
** Caesar and his magistrates produce several after their triumph. Tellingly, when Vorenus delivers one in the Aventine about the end of the Patrician tyranny, a heckler who complains about the end of freedoms is quietly taken away for his dissent.
**Octavian
delivers one after becoming Consul.
12th Aug '16 7:47:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* BadAss: Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus. Part of it stems from PlotArmor, but these two regularly take the phrases "Outnumbered by 3 to 1" and "Numerical superiority" and do unprintable things to them. So much so that powerful people start seeking them out because they apparently are unstoppable ("Blessed by the Gods" is the phrase that gets tossed around). They *are* legionaries, and two distingished ones, with superior training to most of the mooks they square against. Plus, most of them never see it coming, since Pullo and Vorenus are mostly in civilian garb. And then the pain starts...
12th Aug '16 7:47:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* AppealToTradition: Lucius Vorenus (a commoner) brings this up when he's a guest at the Julii household and Atia (an aristocrat) asks him what he thinks of the institutional problems of the Roman Republic. He skirts the issue of reform with an appeal to the longevity of the republic.
6th Aug '16 8:56:47 AM Ciara25
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* LonelyAtTheTop: [[spoiler: Atia.]]

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* LonelyAtTheTop: [[spoiler: Atia. She ends the series as the mother of the most powerful man in the Roman Empire once Octavian becomes Emperor, but she's both completely in his power and has lost all influence over him and his wife Livia clearly now has his ear. The man she loved most spurned her for someone else and has committed suicide, leaving her completely alone in a luxurious but utterly meaningless existence.]]
26th Jul '16 5:19:41 AM JackG
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* UnConfession: When Vorenus drops his JerkassFacade, Niobe almost blurts out the truth about her infidelity. Vorenus assures her that it doesn't matter what she's done while he was away; they're going to start afresh. Unfortunately Niobe's crime is far more serious (according to Roman values) than mere infidelity.
25th Jul '16 4:42:58 AM JackG
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-->'''Antony:''' Surely you've thought this through? If Caesar was, as you insist, a tyrant, then all his acts and appointments are nullified. I am no longer consul, you're no longer praetor, you're no longer proconsul. Elections will have to be held. Messy things, elections...

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-->'''Antony:''' Surely you've thought this through? If Caesar was, as you insist, a tyrant, then all his acts and appointments are nullified. I am no longer consul, you're no longer praetor, you're no longer proconsul. Elections will have to be held. (beat) Messy things, elections...
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