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  • TV-MA
  • 2005
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.7  (184,491)

Rome is a historical drama television series that aired on HBO from 2005 to 2007. Set in ancient Rome, the show follows the lives of various characters, including soldiers, politicians, and their families, as they navigate the events leading up to Julius Caesar's assassination and the subsequent civil war that gripped the Roman Empire.

The show features an ensemble cast, which includes Kevin McKidd as Lucius Vorenus, a stern and loyal soldier who is thrust into the political machinations of Rome; Ray Stevenson as Titus Pullo, Lucius' friend and fellow soldier who is more prone to indulging in pleasures; Polly Walker as Atia of the Julii, Julius Caesar's niece and a conniving, ambitious woman who will do whatever it takes to gain and maintain power; Max Pirkis as Octavian, Caesar's young nephew who begins to emerge as a political force; and Ciaran Hinds as Julius Caesar, the charismatic leader whose quest for power ultimately brings about his downfall.

The show is known for its attention to historical detail, and the sets and costumes are meticulously crafted to transport viewers back to ancient Rome. The show also doesn't shy away from the brutality of the time, depicting everything from gladiatorial combat to public executions in graphic detail.

At its core, Rome is a show about power and politics, and the various characters' struggles to gain and maintain it. The show's depiction of ancient Rome is a complex and layered one, with the series delving into everything from the role of women in society to the intricate political maneuvers that took place behind closed doors.

One of the things that sets Rome apart from other historical dramas is its focus on characters, and the way it weaves together various storylines to create a cohesive and engaging narrative. Each episode is packed with drama and intrigue, and the show isn't afraid to take risks and toss traditional storytelling conventions out the window.

Despite its relatively short run, Rome remains a beloved and influential series. It crafted a rich and engaging world that captivated audiences, and it left a lasting impact on the television landscape. For viewers looking for a show that seamlessly blends history, drama, and action, Rome is an absolute must-watch.

Rome is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (22 episodes). The series first aired on August 28, 2005.

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About Your Father
10. About Your Father
March 25, 2007
(Series finale.) In the aftermath of the battle of Actium, Mark Antony returns to Alexandria, settling into a world of numbing debauchery with Cleopatra. Meanwhile, Octavian turns to Pullo to try to convince Vorenus to give up Cleopatra's palace in lieu of a fiery siege. Predictably, Vorenus refuses, but Cleopatra seems all too willing to dupe Mark Antony in order to save her life, if not her honor. With Octavian's army at the palace steps, Vorenus flees with Caesarion, Cleopatra's imperious son and Caesar's supposed heir, whom Octavian wants dead. As Vorenus exits the city with the boy, Pullo is ordered by Octavian to track them down. Their journeys lead Vorenus and Pullo back to Rome for an emotional reunion at the Collegium--just as Octavian's triumph is being held amidst bittersweet pomp and circumstance.
No God Can Stop a Hungry Man
9. No God Can Stop a Hungry Man
March 18, 2007
The people of Rome are starving. There have been many grain shortages over the past few months, but things have gotten particularly bad. In hopes of keeping the people from openly rebelling, Octavian sends Atia and Octavia to Alexandria in order to negotiate a deal with Mark Antony, though his real reasons for their trip is soon revealed. Meanwhile, Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus must try to keep the peace amongst many of the mercenaries who are in Rome.
A Necessary Fiction
8. A Necessary Fiction
March 11, 2007
Octavian's campaign for a more virtuous society hits hardest in his inner circle; Vorenus's efforts to solve a gold robbery leave a bitter taste of betrayal; Pullo turns his grief about a personal loss into anger at a new enemy; Timon leaves Rome with his family for Jerusalem.
Death Mask
7. Death Mask
March 4, 2007
Servilia's incessant cries for justice drive Atia to distraction, and result in an unfortunate public denouement. Meanwhile, Octavian, Mark Antony and Lepidus agree to divvy up Rome's territories, sharing a common treasury. The coalition is immediately tested when Mark Antony fails to report a substantial bribe. At the Collegium, Eirene insists that Pullo punish Gaia for insubordination, but the slave turns the flogging to her advantage. Levi urges a reluctant Timon to help him kill Herod, who has arrived from Judea with a secret agenda. While the newly freed Posca takes a bride, Octavian turns a more public wedding into a political statement of unity.
6. Philippi
February 18, 2007
Vorenus is ordered to prune the ranks of Rome's elite; Brutus and Cassius prepare to face the recently allied Octavian and Antony in the Battle of Philippi; Levi and Timon create mayhem at a synagogue; Pullo thwarts Cicero's attempt to warn Brutus.
Heroes of the Republic
5. Heroes of the Republic
February 11, 2007
After his adventures with Antony and Pullo, Vorenus comes back to face the merchants of the Aventine Collegium; a pair of former foes reconcile their differences.
Testudo Et Lepus (The Tortoise And the Hare)
4. Testudo Et Lepus (The Tortoise And the Hare)
February 4, 2007
Pullo races to find Vorenus with news of the fate of his children; Servilia pays a price for trying to eliminate a rival; a victorious Octavian sends word he's returning to Rome with his army, which comes as a surprise to Cicero; Timon grows weary of doing his mistress's bidding.
These Being The Words of Marcus Tullius Cicero
3. These Being The Words of Marcus Tullius Cicero
January 28, 2007
Pullo tries in vain to persuade Vorenus to prevent a war among Aventine gangs; Antony's designs on Gaul elicit a shocking proclamation from Cicero to the Senate; Servilia enlists the opportunistic Duro to end an old feud; Brutus wrestles with his demons while seeking support in Bithynia.
Son Of Hades
2. Son Of Hades
January 21, 2007
As gangs fight for control on the streets of Rome, Vorenus is called upon to undo some of the damage that he's done. Cleopatra pays a visit, bringing with her her son and Octavian becomes increasingly impatient with Mark Antony over the money he's owed.
1. Passover
January 14, 2007
The second season begins shortly after Caesar's murder. Octavian devises a plan to keep his family from fleeing the city, news that Antony happily delivers to a nervous Brutus. Meanwhile, Vorenus mourns Niobe's death but curses his children, and Pullo and Eirene get married without knowing what's happened back in Rome.
Where to Watch Rome
Rome is available for streaming on the HBO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Rome on demand at Max, Amazon Prime, Amazon, HBO NOW, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    August 28, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    8.7  (184,491)