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).
Antony has Octavian bitten by a snake and left to die. He claims the murderers were consuls, whom he has summarily executed whilst banishing Brutus and Cassius. Former soldier Agrippa, charged with disposing of Octavian’s body, takes him to vestal virgin Camane, who heals him. Tyrannus discovers that his wife is dead and his son is being raised by the kindly Marius who can give him a better life, so he returns to the gladiatorial ring, where Antony recognises and imprisons him. Learning that Octavian is not dead Antony sends out more assassins but Agrippa and Octavian …
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 19 July 2005.
- Running Time: 60 minutes.
- Rating: TV-14.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.