Empire is an American historical television series for ABC. It is an historical drama set in 44 BC Rome, and covers the struggle of a young Octavius (Santiago Cabrera), the nephew and heir of Julius Caesar, to become the first emperor of Rome.
Octavius is helped in his quest by a fictitious gladiator called Tyrannus (Jonathan Cake).
Also known as Rome: Blood and Sand (UK alternative title).
Disguised as simple slaves, Tyrannus and Octavian look for allies in the countryside but they are captured at General Magonius’s farm and taken to Arkham, where men are forced to train as gladiators. As an ex-gladiator himself Tyrannus is able to acquit himself well and to overcome Magonius, inspiring the other imprisoned men to revolt and escape. He and Octavian see a group of horsemen coming towards them but are relieved to find that they are led by Mark Antony.
You can find a full index and overview of Empire here.
Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 05 July 2005.
- Running Time: 60 minutes.
- Rating: TV-14.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.