>>682978 No, but it gets the atmosphere down in a way that no other TV show or film has ever done successfully. It portrays Roman morals as distinctly different from our own. Like Octavian's mother getting him a prostitute to fuck, social class differences being ingrained, and slaves being treated as little more than pieces of furniture who you can have affairs in front of with no fear of tattling.
In terms of players? Not particularly. Costumes and sets are quite nice for a television production though.
Like an anon says before, it deals with Roman values and morals for the time quite well. The main characters commit murders, spousal abuse and consider killing children due to honor, yet maintain a likeability that transcends 2000 years of cultural differences. The religious aspect of curses and superstition are in good display. The treatment of slaves is well done in the sense of how they were simultaneously abusive yet viewed them as family. The women characters are really well written too, being very sympathetic yet extremely vindictive and manipulatively cruel themselves.
Also, who doesn't love a good bromance between Vorenus and Pullo, Antony and Vorenus, and Octavian and Pullo?
Not really. Octavian is 'friends' with Titus as far as is possible but Titus still calls him dominus as befitting the relationship between a low-ranking pleb and a noble. Atia treats them with a combination of disdain and curiosity. Caesar only treats Posca well since he's been with him for so long and he's an educated Greek slave. Titus falling in love with a slave isn't that far fetched since such things were not unknown between low-ranking plebs (Titus is the son of a slave himself) and their slaves.
>>686251 No, he was admitted to the senate by Caesar for his own protection, but the senate admitted him due to the power of Caesar. Caesar had previously "promoted" Vorenus' class position with paper possessions. Once, sure, Twice, you're pulling our fucking leg.
>>686217 There's also his brother in season 2. Also their pals in their "let's try to kill Herod" scheme. Also the synagogue (or whatever it was called at the time) where they break in and start a brawl. So a complete subplot revolving around them in fact. And a pretty cool one with that.
>>682978 The base storyline follows the major political events of the time. But it's an interpretation, so many things differ from the accounts of primary sources (but who can really trust them anyway). It's a really good introduction to the period though, and a really good interpretation of characters that we will sadly never truly know. The atmosphere is awesome, and really, the everyday life of the characters is pretty well rendered, with ony a few anachronisms here and there (paper or candles, that kind of small details). Plus the necessary romantization of the serie is pretty well executed, never contradicting too much what we know of the events, or doing in a pretty clever way. Not much to throw away aside from Vorenus' family. And pretty much all the actors playing major figures were excellent.
> No, he was admitted to the senate by Caesar for his own protection
Caesar wouldn’t sentence Vorenus to death for disrupting the execution of Pullo and rescuing him, as he had become a favorite of the people, so promoting him to the Senate did protect Vorenus but Caesar could have banished him or punished him some other way instead.
But Vorenus’ promotion was primarily to protect Caesar, as none of the Senators would dare try anything with Vorenus there, which the plotters point out, until Servilia hits on the plan of luring Vorenus away with the news of his wife’s infidelity.
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