TV Series | TV-MA | | Action, Drama, History
A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.
The olive trees in the Sacred Grove of the Forum set are over 200 years old.
Atia of the Julii:
Why would she want to see me? She hates me!
Mark Antony: So do I; that's no bar to friendship.
According to the DVD commentary, the creators made a deliberate effort to show camels in scenes set in Alexandria or elsewhere in Egypt, in order to make them look exotic compared to the scenes set in Rome. Camels, however, would be of no use in Ancient Alexandria, because it was built on a marshy island in the Nile delta and camels are poorly suited to walk over such soft, humid soil.
Because episode three is 37 minutes long, it was hard for BBC2 to schedule in the UK, and it was also felt that the short running time would make the episode feel curiously light. The first three episodes were therefore edited down into episodes one and two for the UK. This was mostly achieved by trimming within existing scenes; few scenes were actually lost. The final two episodes of the first series were also edited into a single double-length episode, possibly because it was around the Christmas period and was easier to fit into the holiday schedule than two regular-length slots.
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