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  • Broken Base: Is this a fun yet educative dramatic show with some forgivable artistic licenses, or a disaster whose entertaining value doesn't compensate for its misinformation and over-the-top anti-Roman stance?
  • Critical Dissonance:
    • Common people often rate positively the show for its good cast, acting and sequences, while critics and history buffs tend to hate it for presenting an incredibly slanted and unfaithful version of the events it covers.
    IMDB reviewer: "Please, do not call this history. This is just a epic-romantic fictional drama. The fight of good against evil. An idealistic quest for freedom... Nothing to do with real history. Not only they get all the facts mixed up, when not entirely wrong, the worst is the "analysis" by the "experts". They really sound like 7-year-olds talking about the last Disney cartoon. They do not understand the politics at all, how an empire is built. I gave it 6 for the effort and, because as a work of fiction, it deserves some recognition."
  • Magnificent Bastard: Geiseric is portrayed as a smooth but brutal man who brilliantly plays the Roman court against each other and Attila the Hun. Even Aetius' unexpected victory at the Catalaunian Plains ultimately works in his favor, as he himself notes, given Emperor Valentinian's incompetence and paranoia.
  • Narm:
    • If Jesse Jackson as a guest in an ancient history show is not enough to kill all of its seriousness, his bizarre claims that Carthage (historically, a Semitic colony in a Berber land) was somehow a bulwark of black culture (whatever that is) just sell it, adding to the Barca family being accordingly portrayed by black actors. Good thing the documentary was released two years before Black Panther, as it is unlikely the producers had resisted the temptation to claim that Carthage was the real life version of Wakanda.
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    • For a Spanish or Portuguese viewer, the scenes set in ancient Hispania can be hilarious to watch for how obviously they are not filmed in the Iberian Peninsula or any country with a vaguely similar climate. The dark, gloomy forests seen in the Battle of Tribola are literally the opposite to how the real life place should look.
  • Narm Charm: The show is unapologetically partial in its celebration of Rome's enemies, often twisting historical facts and even making stuff up in order to build an anti-Roman narrative, but its sheer enthusiasm is infectious and its cast makes it quite watchable in general.


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