Rome is a historical drama television series created by John Milius, William J. MacDonald, and Bruno Heller.
Rome is set in the 1st century BC, during Ancient Rome’s transition from Republic to Empire.
After losing the Battle of Actium, a vanquished Mark Antony barricades himself with Cleopatra in their palace in Alexandria. The palace becomes a place of never-ending orgies as Mark Antony and Cleopatra drug and drink themselves into stupor. Octavian sends an emissary to Mark Antony, with a secret message to Lucius Vorenus in an attempt to avoid a direct assault on the palace, which might lead to a popular uprising. It is made clear that Titus Pullo is aware that Caesarion is his son and that Vorenus also knows this. Mark Antony refuses Octavian’s demand of unconditional surrender and challenges Octavian to single combat. Vorenus also refuses to betray Mark Antony by opening the palace gates. After a brief combat exercise with Vorenus, Mark Antony leaves in a visibly physically and mentally deteriorated condition. Meanwhile, Octavian sends an emissary to Cleopatra, promising to spare her and her kingdom from destruction in exchange for Antony, dead or alive. The next morning, Charmian tells Antony that Cleopatra is dead, causing him to commit suicide with Vorenus’s assistance. Cleopatra is in fact still alive, but she too commits suicide after realising that she cannot seduce or negotiate with Octavian. Vorenus escapes with Caesarion, whom Octavian will kill to ensure his position as heir to Caesar. They meet up with Pullo, but Vorenus is severely wounded while battling with Octavian’s soldiers at a checkpoint. They return to Rome, where Vorenus reconciles with his family on his deathbed. Octavian holds a triumph, signifying the transition of Rome from a republic to an empire. Pullo begins to tell Caesarion about the true identity of his father.
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 25 March 2007.
- Running Time: 44-65 minutes.
- Rating: 18.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.