Rome

Season 1 Episode 8

Caesarion

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 16, 2005 on HBO
9.2
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Having pursued Pompey into Egypt, Caesar arrives in Alexandria and meets the boy king Ptolemy XIII, who offers the general a surprise gift. Vorenus and Pullo play liberators again, freeing Ptolemy's incarcerated sister, Cleopatra. Caesar seeks payment from Egypt for past debts, and ends up forging a strategic union to ensure his legacy.moreless

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  • Cleopatra

    10
    I loved the sex part with Vorenus, Cleopatra and Titus. I laughed so hard!
  • Caesarion

    10
    Caesarion was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Rome and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of excellent story telling, drama, intrigue and action. I love how Titus Pullo always finds himself mixed up in great moments of history, adding his own personal touch to whats happening! The boy king of Egypt, Ptolemy, was interesting as was his court. I enjoyed watching Cleopatra smoking the magic pipe in the desert as her slaves carried her travel house, ancient royalty were so crazy! I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • I like it...

    10
    I think that this is a good show... I really like it. and to see max Baldry in it makes it even better... toobad hes in 3 episodes though... I think he did good. this was a very good episode and I love it... I think this is one of my favorite episodes from this Telivision series, Rome... i love it... LOVE IT... LOVE IT... LOVE IT... well since this is my last words... I would like to say that this is the best episode ever... AWSOME AWSOME AWSOME. Thew best episode ever in a long time... Thank you very Much. :)moreless
  • An Amazing Episode - Stands By Itself

    10
    Caesarion was an amazing episode. It stands by itself in the series and tells a complete story - Caesar's arrival in Rome to the point where he acknowledges a child by Cleopatra. She doesn't show up anywhere else in the first season so visually and in the writing there was quite a bit of information to convey to the audience. Nothing is superfluous. Everything in this episode resonates when the show returns to Rome in the second season. It is quite entertaining to have Cleopatra have sex with Pullo and possibly bearing his child while passing him off as Caesar's. The reason for this droll plot complication will become clearer in the second season. This episode is the height of perfection in a series that could almost be perfect.moreless
  • Upon arriving in Egypt, Caesar meets the country's boy king, Ptolemy XIII.

    7.9
    Ceasar meets Ptolemy XIII, arriving in Egypt seeking Pompey. However, Pompey has already been slaughtered. When Ceasar is presented with the head of his enemy and long time friend he demands the head of his killer. Ceasar also demands payment of a debt owed to Rome, which they are not able to pay. As Egypt faces civil was with Cleopatra, Ptolemy's sister, Ceasar threatens to side with the princess should the debt remain unpaid. Vorenus and Pollo are sent to rescue the princess, being held captive by Ptolemy's people. The men deliver the princess, now queen, to Ceasar and they form a stong alliance. Including a child, though Cleopatra's night with Pullo may change the paternity of the child.



    Back in Rome Servilia and Octavia continue their physical relationship and Cicero attempts to cpnvince Brutus to rise up against Anthony who fall to power should Ceasar be defeated by Ptolemy . However, Anthony has the upperhand on them quite aware of the rumors surrounding Cicero's trechery. After some serious dischord with Cicero he delivers the news that Ceasar has lifted the threat of war from Egypt and defeated (and killer) Ptolemy and his faction. He now rules over Egypt.moreless
Ciarán Hinds

Ciarán Hinds

Julius Caesar

David Bamber

David Bamber

Marcus Tullius Cicero

James Purefoy

James Purefoy

Mark Antony

Kerry Condon

Kerry Condon

Octavia of the Julii

Kevin McKidd

Kevin McKidd

Lucius Vorenus

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay Duncan

Servilia of the Junii

Grant Masters

Grant Masters

Achillas

Guest Star

Shaka Bunsie

Shaka Bunsie

Hutto/King Ptolemy XIII

Guest Star

Enoch Frost

Enoch Frost

Nubian Soldier

Guest Star

Lyndsey Marshal

Lyndsey Marshal

Cleopatra

Recurring Role

Ian McNeice

Ian McNeice

Newsreader

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (9)

    • (to Cicero)
      Mark Antony: If I ever again hear your name connected with murmurs of treachery, I will cut off these soft, pink hands, and nail them to the Senate door.

    • Pullo: I promised the princess. I shall not speak of it.
      Vorenus: You can't keep a secret to save your life. You've got a mouth like a drain.

    • (about Cleopatra)
      Pullo: That Gyppo princess, now that's good cunny.
      Vorenus: Her father's people rode with Alexander. You can't speak of her like that.
      Pullo: She is, though, and she wants me badly.

    • Cicero: You should have no ill conscience. We did only what we had to do.
      Brutus: No doubt Saturn said the same thing after eating his children.

    • Caesar: You will take half the men, return to Rome immediately, you shall have the honor of announcing pompey's death ... I shall follow you when I settle things here.
      Mark Antony: Settle things? Settle WHAT things?
      Caesar: Civil war is in the air, it must be prevented.
      Mark Antony: Why? Let the wretched fight it out.
      Caesar: War will disrupt the grain supply, without Egyptian grain, Rome goes hungry. It would be unwise not to intervene.
      Mark Antony: And how will you intervene with only half a legion?
      Caesar: I do not intend to fight, I shall merely arbitrate the various factions.
      Mark Antony: You make it sound so easy. Those various factions are united only by their hatred of Rome.
      Posca: He's right, Ptolemy might use you to rouse the people against a common enemy.
      Caesar: I have conquered Gaul! I have defeated Pompey Magnus, I think I can handle a small boy and a eunuch.
      Posca: A small boy with 100,000 men.
      Caesar: I'm aware of that! He's still a boy nonetheless.
      Mark Antony: You seem to forget that our war is not over yet. Cato and Scipio are still at large, given time they will raise another army.
      Caesar: And when they do I shall crush them.
      Mark Antony: I'm glad you're so confident ... some would call it hubris.
      Caesar: It's only hubris if I fail.

    • Pullo: What a dump! Gyppo Gods must be right wasters to make a place like this!
      Vorenus: Don't speak ill of the gods in their own country.
      Pullo: Yeah, right. I've seen their gods. Titus Pullo wasn't scared of a bastard with a dog's head on him.
      Vorenus: The more fool you. These gods are old and powerful. Egypt was a great nation long before Rome.
      Pullo: Was it? Mumped it up now, then, haven't they?

    • Pullo: Land of fire! It's as hot as Vulcan's dick!

    • Posco: The tabulation includes all money borrowed from Pompey and other agents of the Republic now unable to collect.
      Pothinus: That is not just.
      Posca: Post mortem interests of this type are legally entailed to the presiding consul, i.e. Gaius Julius Caesar. It's... law.
      Pothinus: Roman law.
      Caesar: Is there some other form of law, you wretched woman?

    • Caesar: Shame on the House of Ptoley for such barbarity. Shame.
      Pothinus: But... your enemies--
      Caesar: HE WAS A CONSUL OF ROME!!! A consul of Rome... to die this sordid way? Quartered like some low thief? Shame!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Joseph Bennett, Domenico Sica and Christina Onori won the 2006 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series" for this episode.

    • According to the DVD commentary, although the this is the eighth episode of the season, this episode was filmed last in order for the sets to be changed to look like Egypt.

    • This episode derives it's title from the name of the son of Caesar and Cleopatra, who is seen in the last scene: Ptolemy XV Philopator Philometor Caesar, whose nickname was Caesarion, or "Little Caesar".

      The fate of "Caesarion" was an unhappy one. Although he was appointed co-ruler with Cleopatra, and deemed to be her successor, he never ruled Egypt in anything but name. After the fall of the forces of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony, and the capture of the city of Alexandria in 30 B.C.E. by Octavian (Augustus Caesar), Egypt was annexed as a Roman province. The teenage "Caesarion" was then executed by Octavian, who wanted there to be no ambiguity about the succession from Gaius Julius Caesar.

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