Rome: The Complete Second Season [5 Discs] [Blu-ray]
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Overall Customer Rating:
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (39 out of 39)

Special Features

  • A Tale of Two Romes - Ancient Rome was two different cities for two different classes. See how the patricians and the plebs differed in all matters, from jobs to recreation to religion
  • The making of Rome, season II - Take a tour of the productionn of the epic series, from costumes to sets to special effects - plus a detailed look at the Battle of Philippi
  • The Rise of Octavian: Rome's First Emperor - The larger-than-life story of the cunning boy who became the most powerful man in Rome
  • Antony & Cleopatra - A revealing look at one of the most famous love affairs of all time
  • Five revealing audio commentaries with cast and crew

Synopsis

Season Two of the lavish, lusty British historical series Rome begins exactly where Season One left off, with the murder of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March in the year 44 BCE. The power struggle that follows is set in motion when, thanks largely to the machinations of Caesar's scheming niece Atia (Polly Walker), her young and callow son Octavian is announced as heir to the throne--infuriating Caesar's closest ally Marc Antony (James Purefoy). In the war that follows between Antony's "Caesarians" and Octavians "Liberators", there can be only one winner--but it is not until the season concludes in the year 31 BCE that the true winner is revealed. Amidst the intrigues of Rome's high-born power brokers, we never lose sight of the secondary plotline involving two lowly veterans of the Gallic wars, Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson) and Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd). Characteristically, it is the thoroughly hedonistic Pullo who thrives and prospers during this turbulent era, with each stroke of luck advancing his prestigate and wealth. Conversely, Lucius suffers spectacularly throughout season two, beginning with the death of his beloved wife and the distintegration of his family. The ultimate blow will not be dealt to Vorenus until the season finale, but in the meantime much is made of the fact that Gallo has aligned himself with Octavian, and Vorenus casts his lot with Antony. Though scrupulously authentic in its historical detail, Rome continues to successfully pinpoint the most "contemporary" aspects of ancient History. Especially notable this season is the series' depiction of Rome's small but ever-growing Jewish community, and the emergence of "Crip and Blood"-style gang warfare in the treacherous Aventine Collegium district. In a similar vein, after Marc Antony suffers his humiliating defeat at Actium, he retreats to the palace of his Egyptian lover Queen Cleopatra (Lyndsley Marshal), where the two lost souls wallow in debauchery--reminding more than one observer of the equally foredoomed punk-rockers Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen! ~ Hal Erickson

Cast & Crew

  • Ciarán Hinds - Gaius Julius Caesar
  • Kevin McKidd - Lucius Vorenus
  • Ray Stevenson - Titus Pullo
  • Kenneth Cranham - Pompey Magnus
  • Polly Walker - Atia of the Julii

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