History Series / Rome

26th Jul '17 6:12:26 PM creader
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* GoingNative : Lucius Vorenus is complimented in Egypt by Atia for averting this and staying properly Roman; the other Roman officials including triumvir Mark Antony did not, a thing that is used politically against him, as happened in RealLife.

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* GoingNative : GoingNative: Lucius Vorenus is complimented in Egypt by Atia for averting this and staying properly Roman; the other Roman officials including triumvir Mark Antony did not, a thing that is used politically against him, as happened in RealLife.



* GovernmentInExile: In season 1 the senators who flee from Caesar and act like the legitimate rulers of Rome until the end. Cassius and Brutus in season 2

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* GovernmentInExile: In season 1 the senators who flee from Caesar and act like the legitimate rulers of Rome until the end. Cassius and Brutus in season 22.



* LargeHam: Many in-universe examples. There's the Forum newsreader, for one. "OUR GLORIOUS FATHER - GAIUS! JULIUS! CAESAR!"
** Erastes Fulmen also fits, especially when he wants to emphasize something. "DIFFERENT FUCKING RULES!"
* LaserGuidedKarma: Brutus' [[spoiler: DeathByIrony]].
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* LargeHam: Many in-universe examples.
** There's the Forum newsreader, for one. "OUR GLORIOUS FATHER - GAIUS! JULIUS! CAESAR!"
** Erastes Fulmen also fits, especially when he wants to emphasize something. "DIFFERENT FUCKING RULES!"
* LaserGuidedKarma: Brutus' [[spoiler: DeathByIrony]].
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* LateArrivalSpoiler: Julius Caesar dies. Antony and Cleopatra hook up, but it doesn't end well.



-->[[spoiler:'''Pullo''' Listen, about your father...]]

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* [[OneSteveLimit One Gaius Limit]]:

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* [[SuicideByCop Suicide By Legionary]]:

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* [[LateArrivalSpoiler You Should Know This Already]]: Julius Caesar dies. Antony and Cleopatra hook up, but it doesn't end well.


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24th Jul '17 5:02:19 PM fgenzo159
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* AndStarring: Ciarán Hinds as Caesar.

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* AndStarring: Ciarán Hinds Creator/CiaranHinds as Caesar.
25th Jun '17 7:52:47 PM Korval
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** Subverted: Atia goads an apathetic Antony to betray a campaigning Caesar and seize Rome for himself ([[ItsAllAboutMe herself more like it]]). Antony thinks about it briefly but is dismayed by the notion, scorns Atia and does the opposite; he gathers new resolution and quickly runs to help Caesar.

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** Subverted: Antony has been slow to aid a campaigning Caesar who is under threat from Pompey. Antony seems to be on the fence about leaving Rome and going to aid Caesar. Atia goads an apathetic learns of the threat to Caesar and tries to convince Antony to betray a campaigning Caesar and seize Rome for himself ([[ItsAllAboutMe herself more like it]]). But instead of goading him into betrayal, it seems to snap Antony thinks about it briefly but is dismayed by the notion, scorns out of his indecisiveness. He quickly rebukes Atia and does the opposite; he gathers new resolution and quickly runs to help Caesar.
8th Jun '17 5:03:39 PM jormis29
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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Kevin [=McKidd=] as Lucius Vorenus affects a vaguely middle-class English accent, but you can hear his Scottish coming through a lot, especially when he's angry.

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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Kevin [=McKidd=] Creator/KevinMcKidd as Lucius Vorenus affects a vaguely middle-class English accent, but you can hear his Scottish coming through a lot, especially when he's angry.



* UglyGuyHotWife: Lucius Vorenus and Niobe, according to quite a few characters on the show. Out-universe this doubles as [[InformedAttractiveness informed unattractiveness]] for Kevin [=McKidd=]'s character.

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* UglyGuyHotWife: Lucius Vorenus and Niobe, according to quite a few characters on the show. Out-universe this doubles as [[InformedAttractiveness informed unattractiveness]] for Kevin [=McKidd=]'s Creator/KevinMcKidd's character.
25th Mar '17 4:32:29 PM Aurelian
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* HyperCompetentSidekick: Agrippa, who wins most of Octavian's battles for him.
24th Mar '17 10:48:49 AM Aurelian
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* MoodWhiplash: One minute, Pullo is joyous at having bought Eirene's freedom and plans to marry her. The next he's brutally beating her (hitherto unknown to him) slave fiancee to death in a fit of jealousy.
24th Mar '17 9:13:52 AM Aurelian
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** Setting Pompey free leads Vorenus and Pullo to Egypt. The war is prolonged and Pompey is killed by the locals to impress Caesar, despite the fact that Caesar often spares his Roman enemies. In Egypt Caesarion ensues. Years later, in the final episode [[spoiler: Vorenus is ''probably'' mortally wounded while defending Caesarion. WordOfGod says he survives, but it's a narrow thing.]]

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** Setting Pompey free leads Vorenus and Pullo to Egypt. The war is prolonged and Pompey is killed by the locals to impress Caesar, despite the fact that Caesar often spares his Roman enemies. In Egypt Caesarion ensues. Years later, in the final episode [[spoiler: Vorenus is ''probably'' mortally wounded while defending Caesarion. WordOfGod says he survives, survives but it's a narrow thing.]]]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Caesar is merciful (by Roman standards) and spares all the leading Republicans who fought against him in the civil war.[[note]]By contrast, a generation before the events portrayed in ''Rome'', Sulla and Marius slaughtered each other's supporters in their civil war.[[/note]] His reward for this is to be brutally murdered by the very men he spared. Octavian and Antony are careful not to make the same mistake.
10th Mar '17 10:59:01 AM Aurelian
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* HeroicBSOD: Once the UnstoppableRage has worn off, Vorenus has one of these after believing his whole family is dead. Pullo also has one towards the end of Season One when Vorenus rejects him.

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Once the UnstoppableRage has worn off, Vorenus has one of these after believing his whole family is dead. Pullo also has one towards the end of Season One when Vorenus rejects him.him.
** Pompey after the battle of Pharsalus.
3rd Mar '17 10:34:00 PM Xtifr
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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 {{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]].

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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 UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar or UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}}. This had been explored before in literature and in {{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]].



* EasilyForgiven: Caesar can be ruthless but manages to fit this trope fairly well. He spares Vorenus and Pullo several times and his response to Brutus and Cicero trying to surrender is to [[DefeatMeansFriendship hug them, apologize to Brutus while kissing his cheek]], beg them to tell him that Pompey, an even bigger enemy, is still alive, and then, drag them off to have food since it must have been awhile since they had a decent meal. More than one character points out that forgiving people is Caesar's shtick, doing double duty as a way to be seen as a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and to [[CruelMercy make people beholden to him]]. Note that this was the modus operandi too of [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar the real life Caesar]].

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* EasilyForgiven: Caesar can be ruthless but manages to fit this trope fairly well. He spares Vorenus and Pullo several times and his response to Brutus and Cicero trying to surrender is to [[DefeatMeansFriendship hug them, apologize to Brutus while kissing his cheek]], beg them to tell him that Pompey, an even bigger enemy, is still alive, and then, drag them off to have food since it must have been awhile since they had a decent meal. More than one character points out that forgiving people is Caesar's shtick, doing double duty as a way to be seen as a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and to [[CruelMercy make people beholden to him]]. Note that this was the modus operandi too of [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar [[UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar the real life Caesar]].



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Easily half the major characters: Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar, Brutus, Cassius, Mark Antony, UsefulNotes/PompeyTheGreat, Creator/{{Cicero}}, Cato, UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}}, UsefulNotes/CleopatraVII, Vercingetorix, Agrippa... Technically even Vorenus and Pullo, though in their case it was simply taking the names of two of Caesar's real centurions mentioned in his book ''De bello Gallico'' and creating the characters from whole cloth.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Easily half the major characters: Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar, UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar, Brutus, Cassius, Mark Antony, UsefulNotes/PompeyTheGreat, Creator/{{Cicero}}, Cato, UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}}, UsefulNotes/CleopatraVII, Vercingetorix, Agrippa... Technically even Vorenus and Pullo, though in their case it was simply taking the names of two of Caesar's real centurions mentioned in his book ''De bello Gallico'' and creating the characters from whole cloth.



* {{Tyrannicide}}: The series depicts the assassination of UsefulNotes/GaiusJuliusCaesar by Brutus and his allies at the end of the first season. When they later discuss the aftermath with Caesar's surviving ally Mark Antony, the latter points out that justifying Caesar's murder as tyrannicide has created a conundrum for everyone, as all of Caesar's motions, including the appointment of Brutus' and Antony's offices, are legally null and void. The factions agree to [[DemocracyIsBad forego a new election]] by declaring Caesar's death accidental.

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* {{Tyrannicide}}: The series depicts the assassination of UsefulNotes/GaiusJuliusCaesar UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar by Brutus and his allies at the end of the first season. When they later discuss the aftermath with Caesar's surviving ally Mark Antony, the latter points out that justifying Caesar's murder as tyrannicide has created a conundrum for everyone, as all of Caesar's motions, including the appointment of Brutus' and Antony's offices, are legally null and void. The factions agree to [[DemocracyIsBad forego a new election]] by declaring Caesar's death accidental.
7th Feb '17 12:45:19 AM Aurelian
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* 13IsUnlucky: Averted here, as the Thirteenth is Caesar's most distinguished legion.


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* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Averted here, as the Thirteenth is Caesar's most distinguished legion.
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