Rome is a British-American-Italian historical drama television series created by John Milius, William J. MacDonald, and Bruno Heller. It was broadcast on HBO, BBC Two, and RaiDue.
The series primarily chronicles the lives and deeds of of the rich, powerful, and historically significant, but also focuses on the lives, fortunes, families, and acquaintances of two common men: Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo, fictionalized versions of a pair of Roman soldiers mentioned in Caesar's Commentarii de Bello Gallico. The fictional Vorenus and Pullo manage to witness and often influence many of the historical events presented in the series, although some license is taken.
The first season depicts Julius Caesar's civil war of 49 BC against the traditionalist conservative faction of the Roman Senate (the Optimates), his rise to dictatorship over Rome, and his fall, spanning the time from his end of his Gallic Wars (52 BC to 701 ab urbe condita) until his assassination on 15 March 44 BC (the infamous Ides of March). Against the backdrop of these cataclysmic events, we see the early years of the young Octavian, who is destined to become Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome. The second season chronicles the power struggle between Octavia and Mark Antony following Caesar's assassination, spanning the period from Caesar's death in 44 BC to the suicide of Antony and Cleopatra in 30 BC after their defeat at the Battle of Alcium.
Why It Was Cancelled Edit
HBO Chairman Chris Albrecht announced that the series (which was deemed notoriously expensive) had been developed under a two-year contract with the BBC that would have been difficult for the BBC to extend due to the series' cost. Co-creator Heller, who had been planning storyarcs for future seasons, telescoped elements of the planned third and fourth seasons into the second, accounting for the blazing speed through history.