Roman Empire Documentary Series Overview


Introduction

Roman Empire is a television docudrama based on historical events of the Roman Empire.

Outline

The show is in the anthology format with each season presenting an independent story.

  • Season 1, “Roman Empire: Reign of Blood”, is a six-part story about Emperor Commodus. Jeremiah Murphy and Peter Sherman collaborated on writing the first season, with Richard Lopez directing.
    • It premiered on Netflix on 11 November 2016.
  • Season 2, “Roman Empire: Master of Rome”, is a five-part story about the rise of Dictator Julius Caesar and the fall of the Roman Republic.
    • Season 2 premiered on 27 July 2018.
  • Season 3 “Roman Empire: The Mad Emperor” premiered on Netflix on 05 April 2019 and is a four-part story about Emperor Caligula.

Cast

  • Series 01: Reign of Blood:
    • Sean Bean as Narrator.
    • Aaron Jakubenko as Commodus: Roman Emperor from 180 to 192. He also ruled as co-emperor with his father Marcus Aurelius from 177 until his father’s death in 180.
    • Lisa Chappell as Faustina the Younger: A daughter of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius. She was a Roman Empress and wife to her maternal cousin Marcus Aurelius. Though Roman sources give a generally negative view of her character, she was held in high esteem by soldiers and her own husband and was given divine honours after her death.
    • Ella Becroft as Bruttia Crispina.
    • Edwin Wright as Cassius Dio.
    • Genevieve Aitken as Marcia.
    • Jared Turner as Cleander.
    • John Bach as Marcus Aurelius: Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus’ death in 169. Marcus Aurelius was the last of the so-called Five Good Emperors. He was a practitioner of Stoicism, and his Greek-language writing, commonly known as the Meditations, is the most significant source of the modern understanding of ancient Stoic philosophy.
    • Tai Berdinner-Blades as Lucilla: The second daughter and third child of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and an elder sister to future Roman Emperor Commodus.
    • Calum Gittins as Saoterus.
    • Mike Edward as Narcissus.
  • Series 02: Master of Rome:
    • Steve West as Narrator.
    • Ditch Davey as Julius Caesar: Politician, general, and later, dictator; the season’s central argument is that Julius Caesar was assassinated because wealthy and conservative elites wanted to block Caesar’s reforms.
    • Tim Carlsen as Mark Antony: Hedonistic Roman general and politician; while Caesar was away in Egypt, Antony remained in Rome to restore order but quickly caused Rome to fall into a state of anarchy.
    • Natalie Medlock as Servilia: Mother of Marcus Junius Brutus and former lover of Caesar.
    • Ben Black as Brutus: Roman politician whose relationship with Caesar is deeply complex.
    • Stephen Lovatt as Pompey: Politician and military leader who, while as ambitious as Caesar, and despite having been his son-in-law, chose to ally himself with the optimates in opposing Caesar and supporting the traditional Roman Republic.
    • Wesley Dowdell as Crassus: Richest man in Rome, who rose to political prominence following his victory over the slave revolt led by Spartacus, sharing the consulship with his rival Pompey
    • Andrew Robertt as Cato.
    • Taylor Hall as Young Caesar.
    • Jessica Green as Cleopatra: Last ruler of Egypt.
    • Errol Shand as Vercingetorix: King of the Arverni tribe; he leads the Gauls in a revolt against Rome.
    • Phoenix Connolly as Julia.
  • Series 03: The Mad Emperor:
    • Steve West as Narrator.
    • Ido Drent as Caligula.
    • Craig Walsh-Wrightson as Tiberius.
    • Kelson Henderson as Claudius.
    • Colin Moy as Cassius.
    • Teressa Liane as Agrippina.
    • Leon Wadham as Tiberius Gemellus.
    • Michael Morris as Naevius Sutorius Macro.
    • Molly Leishman as Livilla.
    • Elizabeth Dowden as Drusilla.

See Also

  • Gladiator (2000), a fictionalised film telling of the life of Commodus.
  • Rome (2005-2007), a fictional account of the fall of the Republic.
  • The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), another fictionalised telling of the life of Commodus.

Trivia

  • The series was produced by Netflix as a “Netflix Original” series, though it frequently reuses footage from other programmes, including Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (2006).
  • In Episode 5 of Season two at 34:22, the narrator, Steve West, stated that Julius Caesar was stabbed on 14 March, that was incorrect as Julius Caesar was stabbed on 15 March as stated earlier in the episode.

Roman Empire Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Richard Lopez … (6 episodes, 2016).
    • John Ealer … (5 episodes, 2018).
    • David O’Neill … (5 episodes, 2018).
  • Producer(s):
    • Tim W. Kelly … executive producer (15 episodes, 2016-2019).
    • Stephen David … executive producer (11 episodes, 2016-2018).
    • Liz DiFiore … line producer (11 episodes, 2016-2018).
    • Thaddeus Bouska … story producer / archival producer (9 episodes, 2018-2019).
    • Brian Burstein … supervising producer (9 episodes, 2018-2019).
    • Chelsea Coates … story producer / supervising story producer (9 episodes, 2018-2019).
    • Ronald K. Fried … interview producer / Interview Producer (9 episodes, 2018-2019).
    • John Corser … supervising producer (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Shirley Escott … executive producer (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Carter Figueroa … series producer (6 episodes, 2016).
    • John Kilgour … producer (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Claire Lawton … producer (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Richard Lopez … producer (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Michael Bennett … story producer (5 episodes, 2018).
    • Sam Epstein … associate producer (5 episodes, 2018).
    • Jessica Galente … archive associate producer (5 episodes, 2018).
    • Nicole Machrone … archive producer (5 episodes, 2018).
    • Brian Meere … supervising story producer (5 episodes, 2018).
    • Jonathan Soule … supervising producer (5 episodes, 2018).
    • Carlos Aníbal Vázquez … producer (5 episodes, 2018).
    • Katie Weiller … story producer (5 episodes, 2018).
  • Writer(s):
    • Christian Baker … (writer) (9 episodes, 2018-2019).
    • Dan Benamor … (Staff Writer) (2 episodes, 2018-2019).
    • Brian Burstein … (head writer) (9 episodes, 2018-2019).
    • Stephen David … (11 episodes, 2016-2018).
    • John Ealer … (5 episodes, 2018).
    • Zachary Herrmann … (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Tim W. Kelly … (11 episodes, 2016-2018).
    • Claire Lawton … (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Steve Loh … (writer) (5 episodes, 2018).
    • Richard Lopez … (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Jeremiah Murphy … (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Jordan Rosenblum … (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Peter Sherman … (writer) (6 episodes, 2016).
  • Music:
  • Cinematography:
    • Dave Cameron … (9 episodes, 2018-2019).
    • Milton Kam … (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Richard Lopez … (6 episodes, 2016).
  • Editor(s):
    • John Kilgour … (15 episodes, 2016-2019).
    • Tim W. Kelly … (11 episodes, 2016-2018).
    • Mark Lechner … (11 episodes, 2016-2018).
    • Jonathan Soule … (11 episodes, 2016-2018).
    • Susan Graef … (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Daniel Praid … (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Patricia Sunshine … (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Brad Yankus … (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Derek Ambrosi … (5 episodes, 2018).
    • Tara Brochon … (5 episodes, 2018).
    • Richard Grant … (5 episodes, 2018).
    • Anthony Hadley … (5 episodes, 2018).
    • William Henry … (5 episodes, 2018).
    • Matthew Nelson … (5 episodes, 2018).
    • Emmanuel Nomikos … (5 episodes, 2018).
    • Jessie Rogowski … (5 episodes, 2018).
    • Mark Smith … (5 episodes, 2018).
  • Production:
    • Stephen David Entertainment.
    • World Wonder Ring Stardom.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Netflix (2016-) (World-wide) (video) (VOD).
    • Netflix (2016-) (Japan) (video) (VOD).
    • Netflix (2016-) (Netherlands) (video) (VOD).
    • Netflix (2016-) (Singapore) (video) (VOD).
  • Release Date:
    • Series 01: 11 November 2016.
    • Series 02: 27 July 2018.
    • Series 03: 05 April 2019.
  • Running Time: 44-49 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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