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 series required over 4,000 pieces of wardrobe - designed by April Ferry.
Gaius Octavian Caesar:
You shall leave this city. You shall go to your Eastern provinces, and you shall not come back.
Mark Antony: Or else what, boy?
Gaius Octavian Caesar: You shall leave this city or I will declare our alliance broken. I will have this sad story read in the forum, I will have it posted ...
In the close-up views of sandals, especially the legionaries' sandals, one can see what looks like a modern rubber sole. The "caliga" (Latin for boot) had no sole.
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.