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''Rome'' ([[ShortRunner 2005-2007]]) is a [[CostumeDrama semi-historical drama]] series co-produced by {{Creator/HBO}} and the Creator/{{BBC}}. It follows the lives of RealLife politicians, socialites, and soldiers in AncientRome starting with Caesar's [[DuringTheWar conquest of Gaul]] and progressing through the power struggles and ascension of Augustus as the first Roman emperor. It focuses on the adventures of two (semi-fictional)[[note]]Vorenus and Pullo are mentioned briefly in Caesar's writings, but nothing is known about them beyond that, making their characters almost entirely an invention of the show's creators[[/note]] soldiers, Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo, who witness, and [[BeenThereShapedHistory sometimes influence]], the major events of the era. Features one of the most notable EvilMatriarch characters in contemporary TV history, Atia of the Julii.

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''Rome'' ([[ShortRunner 2005-2007]]) is a [[CostumeDrama semi-historical drama]] series co-produced by {{Creator/HBO}} and the Creator/{{BBC}}. It follows the lives of RealLife politicians, socialites, and soldiers in AncientRome starting with Caesar's [[DuringTheWar conquest of Gaul]] and progressing through the power struggles and ascension of Augustus as the first Roman emperor. It focuses on the adventures of two (semi-fictional)[[note]]Vorenus and Pullo are mentioned briefly in Caesar's writings, but nothing is known about them beyond that, making their characters almost entirely an invention of the show's creators[[/note]] soldiers, Centurion Lucius Vorenus and Legionary Titus Pullo, who witness, and [[BeenThereShapedHistory sometimes influence]], the major events of the era. Features one of the most notable EvilMatriarch characters in contemporary TV history, Atia of the Julii.

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7MYlRzLqD0 The opening battle in Gaul]] is likely one of the most accurate depictions of legion warfare every put to film. The legionaries work in a tight, highly-disciplined formation. The front rank is regularly replaced by fresh men, all coordinated by whistle-blowing centurions. It's simple, mechanical, almost boring, and ''devastatingly'' effective against chaotic Gaulish tribesmen. Just as telling, the MilitaryMaverick who goes rogue is ''not'' lauded for his bravery: [[RealityEnsues he's brutally flogged and sentenced to death.]]


* GladiatorGames: Pullo is sentenced to fight and die in the arena. [[spoiler:He kills five of the gladiators instead in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.]]

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* GladiatorGames: Pullo is sentenced to fight and die in the arena. [[spoiler:He kills five of the gladiators instead in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.instead.]]



* RememberTheAlamo: "THIRTEENTH! THIRTEENTH!" Also a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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* RememberTheAlamo: "THIRTEENTH! THIRTEENTH!" Also a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.THIRTEENTH!"


* 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.

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* UnConfession: When Vorenus drops his JerkassFacade, jerkass act, 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.


* XanatosSpeedChess:
** Octavian's preferred method of political action.
** In the aftermath of Caesar's death, his heirs Octavian and Mark Antony become enemies over time. When Antony steps all over the Senate and takes his legions north to seize Gaul for himself, Octavian joins forces with the Senate (run by sympathizers of Caesar's murderers) to crush Antony's rebellion. Antony is defeated, but Octavian turns on his allies by using his new position of Consul to take control of the Senate and make Rome his own dictatorship. As Brutus begins marching on Rome, he ''allies'' with Antony once again, because it's the only way they can survive. After winning the battle, Octavian and Antony are now joint dictators of Rome. But Octavian then blackmails Antony into leaving Rome and taking up his seat of power in Egypt. Over the years, Antony and Cleopatra provoke him into declaring war, which he does. He wins this war, and ends up as the first Emperor of the Roman Empire.

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* XanatosSpeedChess:
** Octavian's preferred method of political action.
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XanatosSpeedChess: In the aftermath of Caesar's death, his heirs Octavian and Mark Antony become enemies over time. When Antony steps all over the Senate and takes his legions north to seize Gaul for himself, Octavian joins forces with the Senate (run by sympathizers of Caesar's murderers) to crush Antony's rebellion. Antony is defeated, but Octavian turns on his allies by using his new position of Consul to take control of the Senate and make Rome his own dictatorship. As Brutus begins marching on Rome, he ''allies'' with Antony once again, because it's the only way they can survive. After winning the battle, Octavian and Antony are now joint dictators of Rome. But Octavian then blackmails Antony into leaving Rome and taking up his seat of power in Egypt. Over the years, Antony and Cleopatra provoke him into declaring war, which he does. He wins this war, and ends up as the first Emperor of the Roman Empire.


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** After Brutus stabs Caesar, Longinus holds up his hand and cries, "Thus ever for tyrants!" Brutus tears his hand free in disgust.

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* SpannerInTheWorks: The conspiracy to kill Caesar runs into a problem when Vorenus, who has become a popular hero, is promoted to senator and so follows Caesar around as his understudy (actually his unknowing bodyguard). Brutus rejects dishonorable yet pragmatic alternatives like poison or attacking Caesar in his sleep, yet Vorenus cannot be attacked without risking public disapproval. [[spoiler:Unfortunately having learnt of Niobe's infidelity, they use this information to make Vorenus rush home on the day of the assassination.]]

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* MeaningfulLook: Subverted; when Caesar gives Brutus a friendly wave, it throws the conspirators into a panic as they (incorrectly) fear he knows about their plot and is toying with them.


** Octavian asks a prostitute with a Slavic accent where she's from, and is surprised to be told she doesn't know. She explains that's because when she was a child the Roman army carried her off to Rome as a slave, after massacring everyone else in her village.

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** Octavian asks a prostitute with a Slavic accent where she's from, and is surprised to be told she doesn't know. She explains that's because when she was a child the Roman army carried her off to Rome as a slave, after massacring everyone else in her village.family.
** After his defeat in Africa Cato contemplates a dying WarElephant, lying on its side in the desert heat and unable to rise again.


* CorruptChurch: Julius Caesar asks the augurs to study the flights of birds and provide a reading from these omens, to demonstrate to the people that the gods support his actions. The Chief Augur points out that given that Caesar has just marched his troops into the city, the omens in these cases [[CivilWar seldom prove favorable]]. That night Caesar ensures the omens will be in his favour by offering a sizeable bribe to the Chief Augur (though not without an ImpliedDeathThreat from Marc Antony to ensure the bribe is not too expensive).

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* CorruptChurch: CorruptChurch:
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Julius Caesar asks the augurs to study the flights of birds and provide a reading from these omens, to demonstrate to the people that the gods support his actions. The Chief Augur points out that given that Caesar has just marched his troops into the city, the omens in these cases [[CivilWar seldom prove favorable]]. That night Caesar ensures the omens will be in his favour by offering a sizeable bribe to the Chief Augur (though not without an ImpliedDeathThreat from Marc Antony to ensure the bribe is not too expensive).expensive).
** Octavia runs away to a cult, and Octavian goes to fetch her back. When she says the priests will stop her being removed by force, Octavian replies that he's already bought them. Quite cheaply.


** A man is crucified in season one, but the soldiers are allowed to take him down off the cross again once he's been forthcoming in information.

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** A man is crucified in season one, but In the first episode an army torture detachment crucifies Gaullish prisoners for information, though Vorenus orders them taken down when one of them talks readily.
** After renegade
soldiers are allowed to take him down off steal the cross again once he's been forthcoming in information. treasury gold that is needed by Pompey, his son has another specialist torture the information of what happened to it out of the ringleader.


* ArmorPiercingSlap: Played for drama when Caesar breaks up with Servilia. When she calls out his motives and starts slapping his face, he knocks her to the floor with a couple of hard, deliberate slaps. Perhaps he though he was being CruelToBeKind, but this works a [[WomanScorned bit too well.]]

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* ArmorPiercingSlap: ArmorPiercingSlap:
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Played for drama when Caesar breaks up with Servilia. When she calls out his motives and starts slapping his face, he knocks her to the floor with a couple of hard, deliberate slaps. Perhaps he though he was being CruelToBeKind, but this works a [[WomanScorned bit too well.]]]]
** After Atia returns from Egypt, realising how her son has used her just to make Marc Antony look bad, she greets Octavian by slapping him hard. The proud consul just nods, accepting that he had that coming.


** Antony makes a senator consul under condition that he pass certain legislation. To make it clear this is AnOfferYouCantRefuse, he flirts with his [[UglyGuyHotWife attractive wife]] and asks her to consider marrying him if her husband should die unexpectedly. Husband and wife then share an alarmed look.

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** Antony makes a senator consul under condition that he pass certain legislation. To make it clear this is AnOfferYouCantRefuse, he flirts with his the senator's [[UglyGuyHotWife attractive wife]] and asks her to consider marrying him if her husband should die unexpectedly.die. Husband and wife then share an alarmed look.


** Antony makes a senator consul under condition that he pass certain legislation. To make it clear this is
AnOfferYouCannotRefuse, he flirts with his [[UglyGuyHotWife attractive wife]] and asks her to consider marrying him if her husband should die unexpectedly. Husband and wife then share an alarmed look.

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** Antony makes a senator consul under condition that he pass certain legislation. To make it clear this is
AnOfferYouCannotRefuse,
is AnOfferYouCantRefuse, he flirts with his [[UglyGuyHotWife attractive wife]] and asks her to consider marrying him if her husband should die unexpectedly. Husband and wife then share an alarmed look.

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** Antony makes a senator consul under condition that he pass certain legislation. To make it clear this is
AnOfferYouCannotRefuse, he flirts with his [[UglyGuyHotWife attractive wife]] and asks her to consider marrying him if her husband should die unexpectedly. Husband and wife then share an alarmed look.


* HistoricalCharactersFictionalRelative: It is very strongly implied that Ptolemy XV (Caesarion), in real life the son of [[UsefulNotes/GaiusJuliusCaesar Julius Caesar]] and [[UsefulNotes/CleopatraVII Cleopatra]] was actually fathered by the fictional Titus Pullo.

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* HistoricalCharactersFictionalRelative: It is very strongly implied that Ptolemy XV (Caesarion), in real life the son of [[UsefulNotes/GaiusJuliusCaesar Julius Caesar]] and [[UsefulNotes/CleopatraVII Cleopatra]] was actually fathered by the fictional Titus Pullo. At the end of the series, [[spoiler:Pullo is charged with executing Caesarion on Octavian's orders, but instead he spirits him away and raises his son in Rome.]]

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