Rome: The Return
This is the second series of the joint HBO and BBC series, Rome, which is loosely based on the
The first series focussed on Julius Caesar and his rise and fall from grace. The second series has been concentrating on the political turmoil since his assassination, with Marc Antony and Caesar’s grand nephew Gaius Octavian battling for supremacy, but deciding to rule
The series concentrates not only on the main characters of Atia (Octavian’s mother and lover of Marc Antony), Octavia (her daughter), Octavian, Marc Antony, Brutus and members of the Roman senate but has a strong side-plot concentrating on the lives of loyal soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo and their dedication to the state and their families. There is an insight into the fierce battles that took place and Roman civilisation including the orgies, debauchery, violence and merrymaking . The characters think nothing of ordering someone to be killed if they fall out of favour.
Tonight’s episode concentrated on the famine in