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Rome: The Ram Has Touched The Wall

by Ryan j Budke, posted Sep 26th 2005 6:39PM
romeSo last week we learned that even the great Gaius Julius Caesar has a chink or two in his armor. The love of his best friend's mother and apparently a form of epilepsy. Neither of these could ever come back to bite him in the ass right? Nah... On with the show.

As Pompey and his men, argue over the wording of their response to Caesar's offrer of truce, we see Caesar living the good life in Rome.He is offering money to everyone of Pompey's men who abandon Pompey to join with him, much to the warning of funds from his personal advisor. When Pompey's response finally arrives, Marc Antony is shocked when Caesar considers refusing the truce that he proposed. Antony chalks it up as another of Caesar's strategies, but wonders if maybe it isn't Servillia that's keeping Caesar in Rome and not chasing after Pompey if he doesn't want peace.

Out front Titus is stumbling his way to the only home he knows in Rome, Lucius' home. Once there he realizes that he left his new found lady-companion at whatever bar he was at the night before. Him and Lucius quickly run out to retrieve her. Titus, worried that he'll "misplace" her again, offers to let Niobe use her as a slave since her daughter and son grandson will be leaving shortly. Niobe however fears that the girl is just a plant from Titus who walked in on her and her baby daddy having an argument the night before. Lucius eager to start his new life as a private citizen goes to collect his slaves from the trader only to discover that they've all perished except for one boy whom he takes home. Lucius wonders what he'll do now as he watches the best laid plans...well, you know the rest.

Meanwhile, Atia, power-hungry as always, was delighted to hear the rumor that her son had been seen sneaking off with Caesar, but not quite as delighted to learn that it wasn't for a gay romp. Yea, you read that right. Times they be a changing. When Caesar once again cancels dinner with her, Atia starts to become suspicious and starts to put it together that there's another woman garnering Caesar's attention. She concocts a plan and has Timon hire some local "artists". She also worries that Octavian may be spending too much time in his books so she hires Pullo to "man him up" a little. While giving him sword lessons, Pullo asks Octavian for his advice on the Niobe situation and they concoct a plan to go straight to the source.

While out with his wife, Caesar is mocked by the people because of all the explicit graffiti around of him and Servillia. When they arrive home, Cornelia, Caesar's wife, tells him to make a choice between her and Servillia.He realizes that he must do what's best for the republic and that Servillia had been his anchor keeping him tied to Rome and not chasing after Pompey. He goes to tell Servillia and she is devastated. Caesar leaves Rome under the care of Marc Antony and rides off after Pompey. Servillia's people quickly deduce who was behind the "art" and she calls upon her family's gods to curse Caesar and Atia for the rest of their lives.

Lucius, after a failed attempt at being a thug,  with nowhere else to turn, goes to Marc Antony and begs for the offier that was made for him at their prior meeting. Antony finally gives in and agrees although with slightly less money offered this time around, but Lucius will no longer be a common citizen, not really his cup of tea, but it'll get food on his table. In the closing scenes of the episode, we see Caesar ride upon the Senate's deserted camp, Lucius going throught the ritual to become a prefect, and Titus & Octavian kidnap, torture and kill Niobe's brother-in-law, finding out that the child is indeed his in the process.

Another fantastic episode, I love the combination of Titus and Octavian, I like how they've already got a very symbiotic relationship, both needing something from the other, athough Titus is the only one that really admits that. And for all the historians out there, we all know where their friendship is going. For all those who aren't historians, Octavian succeeds Caesar as emperor and Titus Pullo becomes his right hand man. The NBC mini-series that was out earlier this year actually focused on them. Can't wait till next week when we get to see what Marc Antony does with a whole city for himself.

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Caesar's wife's name is Calpurnia, not Cornelia, FYI. Beware the Ides of March said she. What's the deal with the military order Vorenus becomes a prefect of? Exactly what is it called? And what does the episode title mean, exactly, please?

October 01 2005 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Caesar's wife's name is Calpurnia, not Cornelia, FYI. Beware the Ides of March said she. What's the deal with the military order Vorenus becomes a prefect of? Exactly what is it called? And what does the episode title mean, exactly, please?

October 01 2005 at 12:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Actually Titus Pullo never became Augustus' right hand man, yes Octavian changed his name to Augustus Caesar. Pullo and Vorenus were mentioned in Julius Caesar's writings and they're the only two common soldiers to be mentioned by name. Also, as Christina already said, the ABC mini-series focused on a young Augustus with a made up character. Tyrannus was a gladiator in the show.

September 27 2005 at 9:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Titus Pullo wasn't a charcter on the ABC miniseries at all. You're thinking of the gladiator, Tyrannus, who I think is a made-up character.

September 26 2005 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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