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Plot Summary: Episode I
The Stolen Eagle


Scene 1: Voice Over

(map of italy from Rome south) 400 years after the last king was driven from the city, the republic of Rome rules many nations but cannot rule itself (child in rags drawing on Roman road scene of two armed men fighting) the city is constantly roiled by conflict between the common people and the nobility (Caesar comes into Pompey's embrace amid cheers at a public festival) Power is shared and order maintained by two soldiers, old friends Cn. Pompey Magnus and C. Julius Caesar. (Togate Pompey rises in the Senate) Once Pompey was acknowledged by all to be the greater man, but for the last 8 years, while Pompey has kept the peace in Rome, (from Pompey fade to close up of Caesar in military attire with shadowy background battle scenes morphing into map of Gaul) Caesar has waged a war of conquest in Rome that has made him ever more rich and popular. The balance of power shift is shifting and the nobility has grown fearful. (map morphs into closeup of Caesar dressed in festive red attire kneeling before a cup being filled with wine by a priest? blessing him) Though of noble blood himself, Caesar stands with the people, a man like that an aristocrat with soldiers money and the love of the people might make himself king.

 

Scene 2: Gallic Forest

Battle lines drawn in Gallic Forest, A bloodied Vorenus in command, his troops anxiously await his signal. When the hairy trousered Gauls begin to advance, Vorenus blows his command whistle, signaling the odd numbered lines of his troops to raise their shields into a wall-like formation and to stand their ground, while those behind in the even numbered rows make ready with their swords. As Gallic weapons pound against them, the front line stands firm. In the front line, Vorenus cuts off an advancing Gaul at the knees. a second whistle orders a rotation of the lines to replace the front. One Gaul catapults over the wall o'shields, only to meet with Pullo's sword. Vorenus, still in the front line, pulls the old shield to shin, sword to heart manoever on a pesky Gaul. As the battle becomes more fierce, he blows his whistle a third time, with this replacement moving Pullo up to the front line. Pullo, upon contact, immediately breaks out of formation in pursuit of Gauls despite the fact that the formation was holding, with only a few Gauls breeching the line to their own detriment. As Pullo mows down the Gauls in his path, Vorenus twice orders him to return to formation. Since Pullo ignores his orders, a frustrated Vorenus commands his troops in shield formation to follow him. This movement loosens the line and Vorenus, taking a sharp blow to the head, loses his fancy centurion helmet. He comes to Pullo's aid just in the nick of time, dealing a back skewering death blow to Pullo's would be killer. When Vorenus pulls up Pullo lying face down in the ground by the scruff of his neck and orders him back into formation, a drunken Pullo punches his commanding officer in his de-helmeted face.  A couple of MP types take him into custody, while a very frustrated Vorenus blows his whistle for his troops to reform.

 

Scene 3: Caesar's Camp in Gaul 52 BC

While Pullo is publicly flogged, a re-helmeted Vorenus gives the rationale for capitally punishing a hero of the 13th and provides a warning litany of penalties for other offenses (...deserters will be crucified). In the audience, soldiers appear shaken, an officer grimaces and a bemused Antony snacks on an apple. As he is led away, a macho Pullo makes light of his whipping. Vorenus removes his helmet in disgust.

 

The scene shifts to a formal assembly. Caesar sits on a tribunal before the gate, flanked by Antony and a standard bearer. The troops, including a helmeted Vorenus are in attendance. An officer provides color background as Vercingetorix surrenders and is shorn and stripped.  The standard bearer from Caesar's tribunal, steps forward, motioning for a kneeling Vercingetorix to kiss the eagle. As the Gallic leader submits, Vorenus unsheathes his sword and leads the assembly with shouts of "Caesar, Caesar!" The camera pans over the crowd: shots of the victory gloating troops give way to an empathetic Posca, an utterly defeated Vercingetorix, and a somber Caesar.

 

Meanwhile in the stockade, Pullo awakes to the sound of shouting troops. A fellow prisoner explains that the war is over and the troops have been given two days leave to sack the town and pick up a few souvenirs. Pullo is not happy to be missing out on the booty.

 

Outside, While Gallic prisoners are rounded up in make-shift pens and a local slave-trader haggles with Posca, Caesar receives a letter from Pompey. It bears the terrible news of the death of his daughter Julia in childbirth, with a graphic enactment of her final moments and funny-haired Pompey's devastation at her loss.  Caesar, short tempered in his grief, cuts short the haggling, much to the slave trader's delight and Posca's dismay.

 

Antony breezes into Caesar's command tent hoping for "a decent price off those parasites"  and is met with a testy "good enough" from Caesar. Realizing Caesar has a letter in his hand, Antony asks about the news from Rome and extends condolences to Caesar, whose eyes well up with grief. In silence, both men realize that this loss is more than personal. Caesar sums up the situation, "Pompey will be needing a new wife."

 

Scene 4: Rome

In an underground cavern with mithraic statuary, the dead Julia is vertically propped up against a frescoed wall between two flaming tripods. Amidst the outside chants of "Caesar, Caesar", a bald slave with CN POMPEIVS tattooed over his right ear enters and whispers into his dark-hooded master's ear. When Pompey in mourning hears that more of Caesar's spoils have arrived from Gaul, he mouths an expletive and emerges from his cave of grief. Out in the bright light of day, Pompey peers through statue parts, to see  the Caesar chanting crowd eagerly catching drive by trinkets. A Senatorial cluster, including Cicero and Cato look down their Roman noses from across the way. "What a dreadful noise plebs make when they're happy," Scipio quips.  Cato schools Scipio by defining dreadful as the noise they will make when Caesar starts them howling for Senatorial blood,

 

Timon leads a white stallion through streets teeming with artisans, merchants and customers.  Having handed off the horse in the middle of the Forum, he strolls by colorful vignettes of daily life. Near a busy fountain, the news reader provides the latest info from rewards for missing slaves to the announcement of a Senate meeting under the protection of Caesar and Pompey. Timon continues to a nearby house where he receives the warm hospitality of its mistress surrounded by slaves in attendance. "Two stallions have come to Rome," Atia coos. Timon realizes that she rode one to obtain the other. Atia reassures him that it wasn't a hardship for her as she has always found something perversely erotic about goaty little men. 

 

What appears to be Octavian spying on his mother in her bedroom, turns out to be incorrect.  He's spying on her in  her bath and she invites him in after revealing herself full frontal!

 

Atia also reveals her stallion plan which involves her adolescent son riding unaccompanied into Caesar's Gallic camp on said horse. Octavian tries to reason with her, but legal speak bores her; she is intent on Octavian making a big impression on his uncle before Caesar returns to Rome when he presents him with the gift that is meant to keep on giving. When he balks unsure of his safety,  a reassuring Atia plays her proud mama trump card to convince him.

 

Scene shifts to a raucous senate meeting, so many white togas!  Cato, a fashion rebel in tunic-less black, grills Pompey about his friend and co-consul Caesar: why does Caesar's chair remain empty? with his illegal war over, why does he not come home? why does the meanie keep his brave soldiers away from their loving families? The Senate reacts with cheers and jeers. Cato continues, calling Caesar a wolf who has for 8 long years gorged himself on the blood of Gaul and thereby made himself monstrously rich using that money to buy favor with the people and the minority block of Senators jeering Cato's speech. Postulating that Caesar does all this to buy himself a crown, to destroy the republic and rule Rome as a bloody tyrant, Cato moves that Caesar's governorship be terminated immediately, his armies be disbanded and that he be recalled to Rome to answer charges of illegal warfare, theft, bribery and treason. the wings of the Senate erupt, with a very uncomfortable Cicero seated with the silent center. Pompey rising from his curule chair, counters Cato. He pans his speech for Cato's usual vim and verve and defends the generous Caesar for loving the people as much as he does. He reminds the Senate that it is the people who rule, not the nobility. Cicero in a cheeky aside, scoffs that it is Pompey's soldiers who rule. Pompey employs his consular veto on Cato's motion to save the Senate from hours of useless clamor. The Senate erupts, Cicero stands to demand silence for Pompey's speech, but then interrupts with his own. Playing on Cato's wolf imagery, he warns the Senate about the two extremes: goading the hungry wolf like Cato or offering a hand to the snarling beast like Pompey. Pompey's stinging reply "perhaps you would have us climb a tree" brings the laughter filled Senate to unanimity. as Cicero deflates back into his seat, Pompey vigorously defends Caesar as a friend and sacred oath brother whom he will never betray unless hard proof emerge against this faithful son of the republic. Pompey takes his leave, with the Caesarian section cheering.

In the Forum center, near an anachronistic arch and the temple of Vesta, Pompey, dressed in grey, enjoys a bawdy Mime production.  Scipio winds through the mostly male crowd with his daughter Cornelia in tow and Cato bringing up the rear.  Pompey, leads them off to the side, remarking his surprise to see them there, as he would not take them to be lovers of the mime. Scipio introduces his widowed daughter to Pompey who praises her dead husband. Cornelia, now that she has Pompey's attention, displays Pudor at the sight of a lewd woman on stage (curiously, the lewdette in question has been on stage the entire time) and asks that her daddy take her away from so inappropriate a venue. Her father's female-nudity-in-a-mime-who-could-possibly-have-known rings very hollow. As an intrigued Pompey watches their departure, Cato asks for a word alone. Behind the phallic free for all on stage, Cato tries to dislodge Pompey from his Caesar-loving stance by emphasizing Caesar's superior strength. Pompey refusing Cato's overture, defensively claims that he has only to stamp his feet and legions will spring up all over Italy and he could squash Caesar like an insect, if Pompey wished it so, which of course he doesn't. Cato presses him to renounce Caesar and ally with the "aristocrats". Contradicting his earlier tack, he strokes the reluctant Pompey's ego by telling him that Caesar's strength will wither away without the real power-Pompey beloved of the people. When Pompey claims he doesn't care whose name is shouted in the streets, Cato the 'aristocrat' counters that nothing is more important.  Although Pompey still refuses to openly betray a friend, his resolve has visibly weakened.

 

Scene shifts to a morose Octavian collecting his bulla amulets (miniature exotic animals, a pearl and a die) into their pouch. Octavia adding a ring from her finger, comforts her silly baby brother. On the next morning, Octavian unhappily sits astride the stallion as Octavia chides her mother and Atia denies that Roman men are ever scared, he's just sad to be leaving his mama. Having kissed her proper little soldier goodby, she threatens to use the eyes of Andros' children for beads if he doesn't bring Octavian back safely. Octavian and his four slaves ride off.

 

While receiving a shoulder massage from his bald tattooed slave, a tense Pompey is informed that the horse he expected to buy has already been sold to Atia as a gift for Caesar. Having dismissed the messenger, Pompey explodes, knocking his masseur's arms away "Damn him, must he have everything? "  Allowing the tender massage to continue, he softens his tone, "As you are going to be in Gaul anyways' I might kill two birds with one stone."

 

Scene 5: Caesar's Camp in Gaul

At night the Blue man group breaks into the legionary standards tent, kills two soldiers and absconds with a gold eagle. After a brief glimpse of Octavian and his slaves continuing their journey at day break, the scene fades back to Caesar's camp where a jailed Pullo puts the finishing touches on his latest masterpiece (an ejaculating phallus complete with hairy balls). Caesar enthusiastically greets an arriving Brutus, who is so impressed with Caesar's clever design sense, that he almost forgets to offer his condolences on Julia's death and so forth. A banquet commences, Caesar asks about Servilia and asks Brutus to convey awaited letters. Antony blows in, getting Brutus with a knock to head and an old cock epithet. As Brutus begins to answer Antony about his presence in Gaul, Antony cuts him off to ask Caesar for a half talent of gold. Caesar forces Antony say it is for the eagle, then openly makes the arrangements.  Brutus doesn't know how Caesar can tolerate Antony. Caesar replies that Antony likes to fight, but acknowledges Antony's vulgarian streak. Brutus then takes the bait and asks about the eagle. Caesar proceeds to paint a picture of doom and gloom, his personal standard  has been stolen by brigands, his already homesick and surly troops are positively mutinous. Taking this as a bad omen for their general, they clamor for disbandment. When Brutus, astonished, remarks that they don't seem unhappy, a shifty eyed Caesar claims they hide their displeasure to avoid punishment and that he's at his wit's end.

 

Shift to Octavian & Co. advancing through a forest. When Andros taps a nodding Octavian on the shoulder to awaken him, Octavian imperiously snaps at him for touching without permission and demands water. At that moment arrows pierce Andros' and two other slaves' necks. Octavian is pulled off the stallion by a barbarian who is then struck in the back, allowing Octavian to crawl away into the woods. His escape is cut short by a smiling gold toothed barbarian.

 

Meanwhile back at camp, Antony picks Vorenus' brain on how to retrieve the eagle. Vorenus recommends taking captives from each Gallic tribe and crucifying them one by one until someone talks. Then he would go in with a few men and steal the eagle back. Antony approves the plan and gives him a quarter talent for bribes and such. Vorenus overseeing the grizzly crucifixions in the camp, finally gets a lead: the blue spaniards they came to stay for one night and then rode to the Gaderti land. "Fortune pisses on me," says Vorenus, now finding himself in the unenviable position of organizing a suicide squad for eagle retrieval.

 

Pullo prays to the god Forculus, promising a fine white lamb or the more affordable half dozen pigeons in exchange for opening his cell door. Instantly his prayer is granted, but with a catch: he is to be released to the command of second spear centurion Vorenus and his life will be spared if he serves to Vorenus' satisfaction.  After refusing to stand next to let alone serve under this short house shit commander, Pullo is told that these orders come directly from Antony and that his mission is to retrieve Caesar's eagle. He laughs incredulously.

 

Scene 6: Casa Serviliana

Servilia greets her returning son with a joyful embrace and exchanges pleasantries. Brutus, toying with his mother about Caesar, reveals that he has a letter for her. Servilia retreats to her bedroom to read the letter- cue Caesar voice expressing his excuses and great affection. Not pleased with his diction, she hands it to her maid who reassures that he is a soldier not a poet, so what if he doesn't use the L word. After dismissing her confidant to see after dinner, Servilia's disappointment gradually fades to a smile.

 

Scene 7: Gallic Forest

As they ride through the Gallic wilderness, Pullo tries to be pleasant by complimenting Vorenus on his horsemanship. We learn that Pullo suspects that his father was an Ubian and that Vorenus' mother's people raised horses near Mutina. When Pullo thanks Vorenus for making amends in such a noble way, Vorenus spells out the reality of their situation to Pullo who is a bit slow on the uptake. Told that they are hunting a black dog in the night and that he was chosen for this impossible job because he was already disgraced-as good as dead, Pullo wonders what's to stop him from cutting Vorenus up into little gobs and riding off. Evidently the honor of a soldier of the 13th and Vorenus' superior fighting skills.

 

Scene 6: Romw

Back to Servilia's dinner party where Octavia and her husband Glabius are regaled by Brutus' barbarian anecdotes. After Brutus recommends to Pompey the admirable Gallic custom of resolving political disputes with single hand combat to the death, his mother takes away his wine. But Brutus shows his disdain for Roman politics by slurring on about barbarian political customs, despite his mother's reminder that his family has been involved in Roman politics for the past 500 years. Pompey removes Brutus from further embarrassment to gain some private intel on Caesar. Brutus, grabbing another goblet, relates the demoralized state of Caesar and his mutinous army over the stolen eagle. Pompey finds it hard to believe, but Brutus blames it on the lower classes' crude sense of loyalty. Remembering that Pompey is of a lower class, he apologizes only to dig himself into a deeper hole and then make a dash for it. Atia also receives a letter from Caesar in which he asks her to find a wife for Pompey from among the female members of the family.  After Servilia compliments Atia on her dress and her daughter's beauty and asks about Octavian, there is a quick transition to Octavian hogtied at the barbarian camp.

 

A second quick shift to a disgusting taurobolium ritual, by which  Atia tries to belatedly ensure Octavian's safety. Afterwards while bathing, she needles Octavia about her marriage to Glabius and presents a marriage to Pompey as her uncle's plan. Atia first talks up the Pompey marriage perks to an uninterested Octavia who refuses to divorce her husband, then resorts to threats that Caesar, practIcally a wild beast from his 8 years in Gaul would kill Glabius if they refuse to divorce. Octavia divorces Glabius the next morning, with Atia in the waiting litter ridiculing him for tearing up and overfeeding his slaves. Back at her house, Atia oversees Octavia's preparations for the big night. At dinner, Pompey bores with a tedious account of his long past military successes in the East. Atia makes a formal marriage offer in Caesar's name to Pompey who reluctantly accepts, buying a month's delay for mourning. Atia insists that he take advantage of his betrothal rights immediately.  No mourning delay excuses are uttered while Pompey ogles a nubile Octavia stripped down and assuming her position on the bed.

 

Scene 7: Gaul

A not too subtle segue from Octavia about to be skewered by Pompey to a small animal roasting on a spit. Pullo's discourse on the art of bagging barbarian cunny disgusts Vorenus, a happily married special dispensation centurion, who has not seen his wife for seven years 144 days. Pullo wishes him luck, but married life runs counter to his simple philosophy of life: he likes to kill the enemy, take their gold and enjoy their women. where's the flavor and joy in tying yourself down to one. Vorenus ends the conversation by asking when Pullo last had a woman who wasn't crying or wanting payment. He then pulls rank, ordering Pullo to keep first watch while he goes to sleep. He awakens, long after the designated wakeup time, to a snoring Pullo and bandits riding away with their horses. sons of Dis indeed. When Pullo states that they weren't such good horses anyways, Vorenus complains that given the military achievements of his family (Zama, Magnesia, his father rode with Sulla) he is reduced to being unhorsed and robbed by children. Suddenly they stumble upon the white stallion, Octavian and his captors. After quickly dispatching all the barbarians with precision sword play, Pullo offers the dead as a sacrifice to Mars, but knocks out a few golden teeth for himself. Octavian asserting his nobility, orders a disbelieving Pullo to cut him free from his wagon pulling yoke. Once freed, he repeatedly bashes one of the barbarians over the head with a club. After recovering his bulla, Octavian promises them an ample reward if they will take him to Caesar. No can do since they remain on eagle retrieval duty. Vorenus and Pullo remain unconvinced of his identity, until Octavian gives them a lesson on the realpolitik of Caesar's eagle: Caesar wouldn't pull a hair for his eagle, it's all political theater for the shallow thinking Pompey who would take a symbolic loss for a real weakness, that Caesar wants to sucker Pompey into making the first attack, that their last true bond was cut with Julia's death, that Caesar has taken away from Pompey his most prized possession-the love of the people thus civil war is inevitable. Stunned, Pullo and Vorenus wander over to an abandoned litter where they discover blue paint and the bald Pompey tattooed slave who breaks away only to be impaled by a javelin thrown by Vorenus. The blanketed eagle tumbles out of his dying arms.

 

A cheering camp receives Vorenus proudly displaying the eagle standard with Pullo and Octavian riding beside him on the white stallion- not exactly as Atia had envisioned, but impressing Caesar nonetheless. inside the command tent, Caesar is presented with evidence of Pompey's involvement: the severed bald tattooed head of his slave. Caesar is surprised that Pompey had turned against him so easily despite his public support of Caesar in the Senate, no strategy necessary for a man with the cunning of a sardine. The battle begins. mixed reactions in the tent range from a bloodthirsty Antony to two very nervous legionaries.

 

Scene 8: Rome

While Pompey poses for a portrait bust in his peristyle, a package is delivered. In it is the decomposing head of his slave along with a written message from Caesar who after calling him out on the slave, informs him that he plans to winter the 13th legion closer to home at Ravenna and soon will have the pleasure of paying him homage in person.

 

A crowded Forum cheers a procession complete with flute players, palm frond waving boys and flower strewing girls. It's a triumph of sorts, not military but political, for Pompey has allied himself in marriage with Caesar's enemies. Pompey feels the love of the people. Atia blames Octavia's moping around like a sea cow for this disaster. When Octavia dissolves into tears Atia apologizes admitting that everyone knows it's a political repudiation of Caesar; one only has to look at Cornelia, poor sad chicken plucked and boiled. When a cheered Octavia hopes her husband will take her back despite her dishonor, Atia angrily assures her that the only one dishonored is herself. She is very pleased when Octavia wants Pompey dead, and she promises that this will happen.

 

Scene 9: Gaul

The 13th legion leaves a burning camp for winter quarters at Ravenna.


 
DRAMATIS PERSONAE

Lucius Vorenus

Lucius Vorenus is a centurion in Caesar's 13th legion. Although mentioned in Caesar's Commentarii V. 44, his role in the series is mostly fictional. While commanding his century in battle, Vorenus, encounters an inebriated Titus Pullo, one of his soldiers. He has Pullo publicly flogged and imprisoned for his drunken misconduct. But after crucifying some Gauls for information, Vorenus sets out with Pullo on a quest to find Caesar's stolen eagle.

Titus Pullo
Titus Pullo is a legionary in Caesar's army in Gaul. During a battle, he gets in trouble with Vorenus for being drunk, and is flogged and imprisoned. He spends some time in the camp's penalty box, much to his dismay, as the other soldiers raid the Gallic lands after the surrender of Vercingetorix. After a somewhat underwhelming appeal to Mars, he is offered the chance to accompany Vorenus in the search for Caesar's eagle.
Julius Caesar
Caesar is on campaign in Gaul, where he has been annihilating and pillaging for quite some time, much to the concern of the Senate. This campaign is documented in detail in the real Caesar's personal commentaries, written in installments and sent to Rome as propaganda. In this episode, Caesar's minimal appearance hints at a focused and conscious man, exhibited by his political reaction to the death of his daughter Julia. He is aware that his soldiers are growing restless, and he puts much stock in Vorenus and Pullo to bring back his standard and renew the morale of the troops.
Pompey Magnus
Pompey Magnus is the most powerful man in Rome. While Caesar is off marauding in Gaul, Pompey, Caesar's co-consul, is left in charge of the city. At first Pompey refuses to make a move against Caesar, despite urging from the Senate, but upon the death of his wife, Caesar's daughter Julia, ties between the old friends are severed and Pompey changes his mind. By the end of the episode, tensions between Pompey and Caesar are high.
atia
Atia is the mother of Octavian, the future emperor Augustus. In this episode she sends her young son to Caesar's camp in order to gain his favor, and forces her daughter to divorce her beloved husband so she can marry Pompey, the most powerful man in Rome. While in the series she is a devious and power hungry noble lady, historical sources say nothing of such a character, presenting her as an upright aristocrat.
marc antony
Marc Antony is featured very little in Episode 1. He is seen in Caesar's camp in Gaul. A real historical figure, Antony is described by Plutarch as "swashbuckling and boastful, full of empty exultation and distorted ambition" (Life of Antony, 2.5). While his appearance in the series opening is minimal, we can expect more from him as the drama unfolds.
brutus
The historical nephew of Cato, Brutus is a link between Servilia and Caesar in this episode. He first appears in Gaul, visiting Caesar's camp. After an awkward exchange with Antony, his time in Gaul ends. He brings back much-desired letters to his mother, and reveals his thoughts about Roman politics with the help of some wine. His appearance in Episode 1 ends with him insulting the lower class - to lower class Pompey, and failing to explain away the comment. Although he seems harmless in this episode, he will eventually become trouble for Caesar.
Servilia
Servilia is the historical mother of Brutus and sister of Cato. It is clear that she is (at the very least) fond of Caesar. Her main cameo in the episode comes when she receives Caesar's letter from Brutus.
Octavian
Octavian, Caesar's real life grand nephew and future emperor of Rome, is only a young boy in this episode. His mother Atia, in order to gain favor with Caesar, sends him on a white horse to the camp in Gaul. On his way, he gets captured by marauders and is eventually saved by Vorenus and Pullo, who happened to cross paths with the kidnappers.
Posca
Posca is Caesar's slave who has no historical equivalent. He handles business with a local slave trader for Caesar while Caesar receives the letter from Pompey about Julia's death.
Octavia
Atia's daughter Octavia is forced to divorce her beloved husband, Glabius, in order to be married off to Pompey. Her marriage to Pompey is important to Caesar's family, because it means the maintaining of ties between the two consuls, severed with Julia's death. The fact that Pompey refuses Octavia shows the tense situation for Pompey and Caesar.
Glabius
Glabius is the dearly beloved husband of Octavia. Atia, Octavia's mother, forces the two to divorce so Octavia can be married off to the powerful Pompey. His only appearance in the episode is a tearful goodbye with his wife, after which Atia comments that it is not good to have a womanly husband anyway.
Cato
Cato is a historical figure, an influential Senator in Rome. Early in life, he was closely tied to Sulla, an enemy of the house of Caesar, and later he greatly influenced Pompey, Caesar's co-consul. He is quite a character in the series, defying fashion trends and openly denouncing Caesar in the Senate. Later, he privately tries to gain Pompey's betrayal of Caesar. Pompey at first refuses, but it becomes clear soon enough just how much influence Cato has over the consul.
Scipio
Scipio is Cato's historical father-in-law. He backs Cato's concern about Caesar in the Senate, and later introduces Pompey to his widowed daughter Cornelia, joining Cato in privately trying to sway Pompeyto their side (and against Caesar).
Cicero
Historically, Cicero was a well-educated lawyer and a very influential man in Rome. He was famous for his oratory skill and served in many public offices, including consul. His side in the Cato vs. Pompey debate in the Senate over what to do with Caesar is unclear. He warns the senators against Cato's proposition, that is depriving Caesar of his governorship and certainly angering him. However, he also warns against Pompey's passivity in the matter. While he questions both sides of the argument, he offers no real solution.
merula
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Newsreader
The newsreader is the man who stands in the middle of the Forum reading the news and updating Romans on the latest goings-on around the city and beyond. His cameo is very brief in the episode.
andros
Andros is a slave of Atia, whom she sends with Octavian to Gaul. It is very clear that he must bring him back safe, or she'll use the eyes of his children for beads. After stopping for rest along the way, poor Andros tries to wake Octavian, who loudly begins listing commands and consequently gives their position. Attackers shoot the travelers with arrows, missing Octavian whom they capture, but reaching poor Andros, who presumably dies.
antony's tribune
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Castor
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curial Magistrate
The Curial Magistrate is the man in charge of the Curia (Senate), designated to keep order at Senate meetings. He sits near Pompey and has a soft voice, useless when the senators begin bickering over Caesar, eventually erupting into brawling chaos.
crucified man
Lucius Vorenus, in order to get information about Caesar's stolen eagle, systematically crucifies Gauls. The poor man crucified in Episode One is hung up for only a few minutes before Vorenus discovers what he wants to know.
Cornelia
Cornelia is Scipio's widowed daughter, first introduced to Pompey when Scipio and Cato urge him to act against Caesar. At this time Pompey refuses, but toward the end of the episode it is revealed that he has chosen Cornelia as his new wife, thus casting the die against his old friend.
Durio
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Head Priest
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Julia
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Lyco
Lyco is a servant of Pompey whom Pompey asks about the price of the stallion. He unfortunately has to bear the news to his master that the stallion has already been sold to Atia as a gift for Caesar, which upsets Pompey greatly.
Prisoner
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Rubio
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Sextus
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Slave Trader
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Strabo
Strabo is a servant of Caesar's in Gaul, who, upon Caesar's command, gives Marc Antony a half-talent of gold for the eagle.
Vercingetorix
Vercingetorix was a prominent leader in Gaul who fought bravely against Caesar in his Gallic campaigns. His role in history is much bigger than his role in Episode 1. In the episode he appears briefly after being captured by Roman soldiers. He is naked and made to kneel before Caesar.
Timon
Timon is the trader who sells the stallion to Atia.
Eleni
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Milo
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