8.7
6,018 votes
Rome

Rome

HBO 2005

Four hundred years after the founding of the Republic, Rome is the wealthiest city in the world. The Republic was founded on principals of shared power, never allowing one man to seize absolute control. But now, those foundations are crumbling...and two soldiers unwittingly become entwined in the historical events of ancient Rome. A drama of love and betrayal, masters and slaves, husbands and wives, Rome chronicles a turbulent era that saw the death of a republic and the birth of an empire.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Rome

Rome - S1E12

#1 - Kalends of February

8.33

Season 1 - Episode 12

Pullo and Vorenus are now heroes in the eyes of the Roman rank and file because of their arena feats. This causes Caesar to bestow rewards to those he might normally punish.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Rome from 645 votes.

Rome - S2E10

#2 - De Patre Vostro (About Your Father)

8.26

Season 2 - Episode 10

Following his naval defeat at Actium, Marc Antony returns to Egypt, where he and Cleopatra settle into a world of debauchery. Octavian tries to use Pullo as leverage to Vorenus to gain acess to the palace, but Vorenus stays loyal to Antony. Finally, it is Cleopatra who dupes Antony, saving her own life by sacrificing her honor. Ceasar Augustus triumphs in Rome.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Rome from 581 votes.

Rome - S1E11

#3 - The Spoils

8.08

Season 1 - Episode 11

Vorenus sees to it that veteran soldiers receives severance on behalf of Caesar, and is then invited along with Niobe to one of Atia's parties.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Rome from 659 votes.

Rome - S2E1

#4 - Passover

8.07

Season 2 - Episode 1

Things pick up shortly after Caesar's murder. Octavian wants to keep his family from fleeing the city so he devises a plan. News of this makes Antony happy so he tells Brutus. Vorenus mourns Niobe's death but casts aspersions upon his children.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Rome from 630 votes.

Rome - S2E9

#5 - Deus Impeditio Esuritori Nullus (No God Can Stop a Hungry Man)

8.06

Season 2 - Episode 9

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.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Rome from 556 votes.

Rome - S2E8

#6 - A Necessary Fiction

8.05

Season 2 - Episode 8

Octavian proclaims a new era of virtue in Rome, a program that his family and subordinates find impossible to obey. Vorenus is sent on a mission after a missing shipment of gold to discover who mysteriously hijacked it on its way to the Roman treasury. Pullo's loss and rage are channeled against Memmio, Omnipor and their henchmen. Octavian pursues Livia as an "appropriate" bride, and issues Mark Antony an ultimatum he knows he can't refuse.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Rome from 559 votes.

Rome - S2E6

#7 - Philippi

8.02

Season 2 - Episode 6

Vorenus receives orders to plunge Rome into a bloodbath the likes that have not been seen since the dictatorship of Sulla. Octavia reveals her secret to Atia, and the armies of the Liberators and the Caesarians clash for the last time, with the fate of Republic in the balance.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Rome from 546 votes.

Rome - S1E8

#8 - Caesarion

7.98

Season 1 - Episode 8

Having pursued Pompey into Egypt, Caesar arrives in Alexandria and meets the boy king Ptolemy XIII, who offers the general a surprise gift. Vorenus and Pullo play liberators again, freeing Ptolemy's incarcerated sister, Cleopatra. Caesar seeks payment from Egypt for past debts, and ends up forging a strategic union to ensure his legacy.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Rome from 670 votes.

Rome - S2E4

#9 - Testudo Et Lepus (The Tortoise And the Hare)

7.96

Season 2 - Episode 4

Pullo races to find Vorenus with news of his family's fate. Servilia's plans to eliminate a rival exact a high price from her. Cicero is astonished when Octavian sends word that his victorious legions are coming home to Rome. In Rome, Timon finally grows weary of Atia's bidding.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Rome from 578 votes.

Rome - S1E7

#10 - Pharsalus

7.90

Season 1 - Episode 7

Pompey attacks an outnumbered Caesar. Vorenus and Pullo are stranded at sea. Atia continues to seek out Servilla's friendship in order to ensure her protection, while Octavia and Servilla's bond grows.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Rome from 694 votes.

Rome - S2E2
#11 - Son of Hades
7.88
Season 2 - Episode 2

Cleopatra arrives in Rome to pay her homage to Caesar, and to seek legitimization for Caesarion. Egypt's queen causes further complications between Anthony and Atia, who still struggles with Servilia. Timon's brother arrives from Jerusalem. The death of Erastes throws the underworld, and Rome's river commerce into chaos, and Pullo and Vorenus step into the gap. Octavian and Anthony begin a long and bitter rivalry with a dispute over Caesar's will and sharing of power.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Rome from 595 votes.

Rome - S2E7
#12 - Death Mask
7.85
Season 2 - Episode 7

Antony's nature reasserts itself, and challenges his alliance with Octavian. Timon and Levi set themselves against Herod's plans. Servilia's public displays of grief leave Atia unsettled. Gaia uses Pullo's punishment as a weapon against him. His daughter's sudden interest in business matters arouses Vorenus' suspicions. Posca gets married.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Rome from 558 votes.

Rome - S1E2
#13 - How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic
7.80
Season 1 - Episode 2

Anointed People's Tribune by Caesar, Mark Antony returns to Rome with Octavian's liberators, Vorenus and Pullo. After being feted by a grateful Atia, Vorenus heads home to his family, for the first time in eight years, while Pullo heads for the brothels. Pompey drafts an ultimatum stripping the general of his power.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Rome from 998 votes.

Rome - S2E3
#14 - These Being the Words of Marcus Tullius Cicero
7.80
Season 2 - Episode 3

Brutus and Cassius struggle to raise foreign armies to oppose the Cesarean party. Mark Antony's plans to change his post-consul proconsular governorship from Macedonia to Gaul are derailed when Cicero delivers an in-absentia message to the Senate, and throws his support behind Octavian. Vorenus struggles to contain an all-out gang war in the Aventine Collegium, of his own making,that he blames on Pullo. In the house of the Julii, Octavia passes the hours in a drug induced daze, while a duplicitous youth named Duro, planted amongst the Julii by Servilia, looks for the chance to set a deadly plan in motion.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Rome from 603 votes.

Rome - S1E10
#15 - Triumph
7.78
Season 1 - Episode 10

Unanimously proclaimed Dictator by the Senate, Caesar pronounces the war over, and prepares for five days of feasting and games honoring his "triumph." No longer an enlisted soldier, Pullo eyes a pastoral future with Eirene, while Vorenus runs for municipal magistrate, with Posca's help. Meanwhile, Octavian retrieves Octavia from her self-imposed exile. And Servilia invites a revenge-minded Quintus Pompey into her home, to Brutus' dismay.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Rome from 624 votes.

Rome - S1E5
#16 - The Ram Has Touched The Wall
7.77
Season 1 - Episode 5

Caesar weighs Pompey's counteroffer against Antony's recommendation to chase down Pompey's vulnerable army. Vorenus is forced to reconsider his career choices after a series of business setbacks leave him with little income to support his family. A jealous Atia concocts a clever scheme to separate Caesar from Servilia. Pullo is recruited to tutor Octavian in the art of soldiering, but ends up learning a lesson or two from the boy.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Rome from 748 votes.

Rome - S1E9
#17 - Utica
7.76
Season 1 - Episode 9

With Scipio and Cato defeated, Caesar returns home to a hero's welcome. Vorenus and Pullo's showdown with local thug Erastes gets an unexpected reprieve from Caesar. Servilia's plan to use Octavia to unearth a secret about Caesar backfires.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Rome from 647 votes.

Rome - S1E6
#18 - Egeria
7.75
Season 1 - Episode 6

When Caeser finds himself outnumbered by Pompey's legions, he asks Antony to join the fight. Marc Antony is having fun in his new political life while he ponders a counter-offer from Pompey. Atia urges Octavian to take another step toward manhood. Vorenus and Niobe try to bring passion back to their marriage.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Rome from 702 votes.

Rome - S2E5
#19 - Heroes of the Republic
7.73
Season 2 - Episode 5

Despite Pullo's advice, Vorenus and his family return to the Collegium with his family who is reunited, and cleansed of their ordeal. Octavian is denied a triumph and urges Cicero to endorse his bid to be made Consul in exchange for an agreement to allow Cicero to veto his actions. Octavian takes both Cicero and the Senate by surprise with his first Consular act. Vorenus attempts' to make peace with Memmio and Cotta create suspicions that he has gone soft.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Rome from 562 votes.

Rome - S1E3
#20 - An Owl in a Thornbush
7.73
Season 1 - Episode 3

With Caesar quickly advancing toward Rome, Pompey begins ordering a retreat and forces his citizens to pick sides. Timon is forced to do Atia's dirty work and Vorenus cannot understand why no one is resisting while on a scouting mission.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Rome from 866 votes.

Last updated: feb 16, 2021

Comments

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Just perfect ! only two seasons but with a ENDING. I never saw a ENDING in most part of all show I'm watching.

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Was a great show. I plan on watching this when a second time through and I can't say that about very many shows.

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Hands down one of the best TV Series ever made in my opinion. A phenomenal attention to detail in terms of historical authenticity. And I don't mean "accuracy". I'm not talking about stubbornly sticking to historical dates or correct recollections or re-enactments of battles. I'm talking about the love for detail where it counts: to recreate a living, breathing culture with believable characters, that even manage to stay relatable for modern audiences. It's a TV Show, so it's bound to take creative liberties. It's actually loveable how the writers managed to weave their two most beloved protagonists into the major events of the iconic struggle Rome's first century b.c. And beyond that, every little set and costume detail, from the insulae and streets to the coloring and style of the clothes and costumes, is perfectly well crafted. The dialogue just breathes ancient Rome's everyday life from the lowest plebeian to the patricians and politicians at the top. In the end, this series managed to capture the feeling and the very core of one of the most iconic and important eras of our time in just two seasons better than anything that came before or after and characters like Vorenus, Pullo, Marc Anthony and Atia will probably stay with me for the rest of my life. I am a Son of Hades!

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Such a great series. Was so sad when it got canceled.

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I think this is one of the greatest shows of all time, too bad it only went 2 seasons, I know that's more or less how they had planned it and that they ended it. cleanly and said there was nothing more to explore, but when your making your own show and doing your best to follow history, there is always room for more, to have even expanded further on things, the actors, the characters, were absolutely perfect for what seemed to be every single part in the show,. they built. a mini City of Rome near Rome, Italy and in the battlescenes they used soldiers from the Italian Military which is pretty cook, they did their best to stick to the historical parts of it, and attention to detail in the Clothes and weapons and everything used in it were awesome, I could have watched this one for a long time and many more seasons if they had kept the stories as good as these were, it was funny at times, great action scenes, and getting in such detail and letting you get to know the characters and their families was just great, really added to it all, I looked forward to each episode and the characters each episode, it was a combination of a soap opera with comedy and serious and bloody battles and death scenes, I'm really shocked that after all the money spent on the set and City they built and everything else, they did not film more, they did. film both seasons at the same time, they should have at least done 2 more seasons in 1 like that again, it's like Deadwood another awesome HBO show that ended just as you were getting to love and know everyone in it, I have rematched it several times and will continue to do so, a must watch for anyone even if you think you don't like this type of show, there really is a lot for everyone in this one.

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long and slow sometimes, but this, this a fine series I tell you. Oh how I so much enjoyed the last 3 episodes, truly magnificent.

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It's a very pleasant show. Funny, dramatic, tactical and historical. Shows with some perfectionism how was that time and how great Romans were. An essential TV serie.

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This was the Game of Thrones before there was a Game of Thrones! Fantastic series. Wish there were more seasons.

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I love this show. I've always thought if this came out after Game of Thrones maybe it would have been more popular and it'd still be around. Or at least gotten the third season they wanted instead of having to make it happen in two. But then again maybe people would think it was a GoT ripoff or something. Great show. Check it out if you haven't yet.

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A series that deserved far more than two seasons. Had its obvious flaws, which are few but given the amount of positives, and the nature of the negatives, its worth pointing out. Starting with some of the miscasting in some cases but was well covered by excellent performances in that stead. Ciaran Hinds and Karl Johnson come to mind, where the former looks nothing like an image of Caesar, he nailed a particularly intense yet "man of the people" style performance suited to Caesar. Johnson on the other hand would have been totally perfect had he been a bit younger but its hard to think of any actor with as right a look and voice for the troublesome Cato. In the end any miscasting is well covered and is a testament to the quality of acting within the show. The only other true flaw is perhaps more notable due to its successor in GoT suffering a similar ailment, in the action sequences. Its somewhat evident that the budget was spent on the extravagant Rome set in favour of a more political narrative. However the repetitive nature of cutting in to the end of watershed events like Pharsalus, Actium and Alesia is rather disappointing, especially given the opening sequence of the pilot which isn't saying much but is more historically Roman that most things I've seen in media. The only true action delivered is that at Phillipi, which is essentially a montage of reaction shots of people dying. Of course, you might assume I'm a truly simple person to want something like this, but it did get tiresome. Nevertheless, Purefoy steals the entire show, a third season ought to have been dedicated to Antony's exploits.

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