8.6
6,353 votes
Rome

Rome

HBO 2005

A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!

The 10 Best Episodes of Rome

Rome - S1E12

#1 - Kalends of February (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 8.33 from 645 votes.

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Rome - S2E10

#2 - De Patre Vostro (About Your Father) (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 8.26 from 581 votes.

Rome - S1E11

#3 - The Spoils (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 8.08 from 659 votes.

Rome - S2E1

#4 - Passover (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 8.07 from 630 votes.

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Rome - S2E9

#5 - Deus Impeditio Esuritori Nullus (No God Can Stop a Hungry Man) (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 8.06 from 556 votes.

Rome - S2E8

#6 - A Necessary Fiction (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 8.05 from 559 votes.

Rome - S2E6

#7 - Philippi (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 8.02 from 546 votes.

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Rome - S1E8

#8 - Caesarion (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 7.98 from 670 votes.

Rome - S2E4

#9 - Testudo Et Lepus (The Tortoise And the Hare) (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 7.96 from 578 votes.

Rome - S1E7

#10 - Pharsalus (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 7.90 from 694 votes.

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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 from 595 votes.
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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 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 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 from 603 votes.
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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 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 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 from 647 votes.
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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 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 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 from 866 votes.
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Last updated: oct 06, 2022

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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