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.
Due to the decision to broadcast the show at 9 PM on public television in Italy (as opposed to airing it around or after midnight, like other HBO series), several cuts and/or edits were required for the Italian version. Specifically, the profanity was partially removed in the dubbing, the violence was generally toned down and all instances of incest, rape and homosexuality were removed completely, while scenes of full frontal male nudity were replaced with specially shot alternate takes where the actors wore loincloths or towels. Despite all these changes, the show was still criticized by parents for being inappropriate in the 9 PM time slot, and a disclaimer was added stating that the series was intended for adults only.
Gaius Julius Caesar:
He refuses to meet me!
The words Domina and Dominus are practically the only Latin words the cast uses regularly. Nevertheless, as they are always used as vocative, the masculine form should be Domine. More than that, the spoken Latin of the higher classes is inadequately close to ecclesiastical late Latin.
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.