The Complete First Season

DVD - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Four hundred years after the founding of the Republic, Rome is the wealthiest city in the world, a cosmopolitan metropolis of one million people, epicenter of a sprawling empire. The Republic was founded on principles of shared power and fierce personal competition, never allowing one man to seize absolute control. But now, those foundations are crumbling, eaten away by corruption and excess. After eight years of war, soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo unwittingly become entwined in the historical events of ancient Rome.

Publisher: [New York] : Home Box Office, c2006
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 0783135998
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama ROME1
Characteristics: 6 videodiscs (ca. 720 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Alternate Title: Rome
Rome (Television program)


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Aug 10, 2013
  • hania4987 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

it is a soap opera version of Roman history and very addictive, visually stunning from the details of the costumes and sets to the special effects.

Jul 29, 2013
  • profharoldhill rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It has its moments, but by the 5th episode it was blatant soap opera. It deserves points for structure given the ambitious goal of the piece, that of telling a history of the late Roman republic in a few episodes. The writing for the female characters was especially poor and unimaginative and not historically accurate. Read Michael Parenti's book: The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People's History of Rome as well as Parenti's History as Mystery.

May 27, 2013
  • richibi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

positively Shakespearean, though without, of course, its poetry

Apr 25, 2013

I was told that one of the discs was missing when I returned this. But when I took it to the Library -- ALL of the discs were in the box. Is it possible that one of them fell out in the bin when I fed them through the return slot???? Has it been checked?

Apr 25, 2013
  • Durian rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Unable to finish the first episode due to excessive boredom.

Oct 01, 2012

I love this series (although I'm not a fan of the second, older actor who takes over as Octavian. It's very, very bloody and has far more rape than I'm generally comfortable with, and it takes A LOT of liberties with history, but it's still fun, brutal, adventurous, exotic soap opera.

Jul 31, 2012
  • TheMissFemale rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I had a lot of trouble getting into this. But it was definitely worth it. Season 2 was absolutely amazing!

Apr 27, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is definitely NOT a movie for minor children. I love the series but have a few problems with it. First, every single character is (one or all these traits) dishonest, vile, criminal, sex-addict, violent, greedy, ambitious. Also, the authors took so many liberties it is hard to list them all. For example, wheeled vehicles could not circulate in Rome during day time. Then there is Vercingetorix sporting sun tanning lines! In the case of Atia, mother of Octavian (later Augustus), it is known that she was a very moral woman--just read Suetonius. Cleopatra was of Greek extract—the Ptolemies being Greek—so I can hardly imagine her trotting around in Egyptian garb. (And couldn't they find someone at least charming to play her part?!) Caesarion, it seems, was around 16 years of age when Augustus had him killed. Antony had a son by a first wife--that Augustus also had killed--not shown in the movie. I often wonder if Rome was really the filthy slum modern movies like to depict it… We must remember that Romans paved thousands of miles of roads and Rome had water supply and drainage/sewer system. (And if we remember the beautiful streets of Pompeii and Herculaneum, it would not make sense that the city of Rome be a colossal slum!)

Mar 30, 2012

The first disc was so scratched up that I couldn't get it to play without stopping and "reading disc" and skipping ahead every minute. Tried it on 4 different players and no luck. Other discs look better but I didn't want to just skip the first disc.. People need to take care of the discs better!

Feb 22, 2012
  • kevfarley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The best and most accurate depiction of the history and nature of these times ,.. and the most entertaining story-telling! ...And at last someone gets Roman legion combat tactics right!!
I agree with all the fine 5 star reviews below (...especially those by Carraccidog, noisexorcist, and lasertravis).
What a FEAST !!

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Aug 02, 2013
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May 10, 2011
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Apr 27, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Frontal nudity; incest.

May 10, 2011
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Violence: This title contains Violence.

May 10, 2011
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Apr 21, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Caesar: I have conquered Gaul. I have defeated Pompey Magnus. I think I can handle a small boy and a eunuch.

Marc Antony: I'm glad you're so confident. Some would call it hubris.
Caesar: It's only hubris if I fail.

Apr 21, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Caesar: They say a slave talks of bravery like a fish talks of flying.
Posca: They say that, do they? How very witty of them.


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