Roman Empire

10 Worst Episodes of Roman Empire

This stylish mix of documentary and historical epic chronicles the reign of Commodus, the emperor whose rule marked the beginning of Rome's fall.

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#1 - Born in the Purple (Season 1 - Episode 1)

Fighting an implacable enemy in Germany, Marcus Aurelius trains his decadent son Commodus to succeed him, while rumor and intrigues brew back in Rome.

The episode was rated 7.07 from 486 votes.

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#2 - A New Hope (Season 3 - Episode 2)


The death of Tiberius vaults Caligula to power as Rome's new emperor, a role at which he initially excels -- until an illness unhinges his mind.

The episode was rated 7.13 from 99 votes.

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#3 - Rome is Burning (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Commodus defeats his sister's coup but withdraws from governing, allowing other to amass power while he engages in an affair and banishes his wife.

The episode was rated 7.26 from 219 votes.

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#4 - The Rightful Heir (Season 3 - Episode 1)


After the mysterious death of his popular father, young Caligula grows up in the uncertain shadow of his tyrannical emperor and uncle, Tiberius.

The episode was rated 7.27 from 112 votes.

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#5 - Enemy of the Senate (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Commodus rises to power as Rome's new emperor, but not everyone supports his ascent. Among those conspiring against him: his older sister Lucilla.

The episode was rated 7.28 from 261 votes.

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#6 - The Making of an Emperor (Season 1 - Episode 2)


The Germanic tribes strike as Marcus Aurelius succumbs to disease, leaving a skeptical Emperor Commodus to prosecute a war that doesn't interest him.

The episode was rated 7.28 from 325 votes.

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#7 - Fight for Glory (Season 1 - Episode 5)

A disastrous grain shortage reaveals Cleander's treachery and leaves Commodus isolated, inspiring him to trains as a gladiator in a bid to unite Rome.

The episode was rated 7.29 from 226 votes.

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#8 - In Search of an Heir (Season 3 - Episode 3)


Vulnerable without an heir, Caligula decides to secure the throne with a child of royal blood by embroiling himself in affairs with his three sisters.

The episode was rated 7.29 from 89 votes.

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#9 - The Triumvirate (Season 2 - Episode 1)

After success in war makes Caesar a rising star, escalating tension between Rome's two most powerful men creates an opportunity for advancement.

The episode was rated 7.33 from 139 votes.

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#10 - Descent into Madness (Season 3 - Episode 4)


Caligula's increasing paranoia and debauchery lead to ruinous bloodshed and spending as Rome, the Senate and even former allies turn against him.

The episode was rated 7.34 from 82 votes.

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