Season 2 Episode 10

De Patre Vostro (About Your Father)

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 25, 2007 on HBO
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Following his naval defeat at Actium, Marc Antony returns to Egypt, where he and Cleopatra settle into a world of debauchery. Octavian tries to use Pullo as leverage to Vorenus to gain access to the palace, but Vorenus stays loyal to Antony. Finally, it is Cleopatra who dupes Antony,saving her own life by sacrificing her honor. Ceasar Octavian triumphs in Rome.moreless

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  • De Patre Vostro (About Your Father)

    De Patre Vostro (About Your Father) was a perfect and splendidly entertaining episode, season and series finale of Rome. I really enjoyed watching this episode as the various story lines came to a close. It was great watching Antony and Cleopatra's departures and the Pullo, Vorenus, and Caesarion story line was great. It was awesome to watch Atia confront Octavian's wife and let her know how it was! Ah the women of Rome, how I will miss them and the soldiers, politicians and citizens and slaves whose lives were all connected in various manners. The last scene with Pullo and Octavian and then Pullo with Caesarion were great. A great ending to a fascinating series that gave me every thing I wanted from a show like this. I only wish there was more to watch!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • A cool ending to a great series!

    I loved this show and hated to see it end.

    I'm an ancient history buff so to see this played out on tv and get a better sense and picture of what really went on in that period was enlightening. Thought the twist with Pullo being the father of Cleopatra's child was cool.

    What I didn't like was the fact that Vorenus's story just fizzled out at the end. It was nice to see his daughter finally forgive him but when Octavian asks Pullo about Vorenus at the end Pullos says, "Oh, he didn't make it", and that's the end of it! I think they could have shown them burying/cremating (honoring) Vorenus in a big military funeral or something.

    All in all this was a another good episode from the series, sad it lasted only 2 seasons.moreless
  • The end of the Saga - Rise of the new Caesar!

    Octavianus is victorious against Antonius.

    There is no other way, than death, for him. He commits suicide, and Cleopatra follows him.

    Lucius escapes with Caesarion, because he is a threat for Octavianus. Pullo joins them, and tries to flee away from Egypt, but Lucius has stabbed. He brings him back to his family. They forgive their mothers death. Octavianus becomes Caesar. Finally he got everything!

    Except Caesarion. Pullo hides him, and rise him as his child /yes, he is!/ but he told Caesar that he killed him in the desert. THE END!?

    I hope not!

    This was the end of one of the most brilliant series.

    Antonius -Died, Cleopatra - Died, Lucius - Died and so on...

    its tearjerker! The 2nd series is so dark. Much darker than the previous one!

    1 thing I dont liked at the end - Because of Titus Pullo, Octavianus looked like a fool, because he tricked him about Caesarion...

    Anyway, I dont understand, why Vorenus had to die????

    MORE SEASONS!!!moreless
  • In many ways a good way to end the show.

    This episode did not have the power and impact that the last episode of season one had. Season one ended with two very strong episodes which did a great job of building up tension for an end all viewers knew was inevitable. This season had the same opportunities as the previous, since we all knew it would end with the deaths of Cleopatra and Antony, and possibly Vorenus and/or Pullo as well. However it didn't build up the same tension, not even close. In the last two episodes things were incredibly rushed, and the storyline suffered somewhat from it.

    But there were some strong moments... I was glad to see that even though Vorenus and Pullo were on opposite sides in the conflict they remained friends. I was worried we'd get a storyline with them fighting each other as enemies or something similar. I was also glad to see that Octavian's respect for Vorenus never went away, even after Vorenus fled with Caesarion. The message that Pullo sent to Vorenus was rather sweet, simple but it reminded the audience of what happened last season and of how much the two of them have gone through together.

    Cleopatra and Antony were portrayed in a better way in this episode. In the last episode I didn't really get a sense of true affection between them, but in this episode it shone through. Their last days together were well handled and moved me. Antony's death was handled nicely as well. Antony has always been a brave, carefree soldier, yet even he seemed very nervous when it came time to end his own life. The acting was great and the tension well built up. I liked that his last moments were with Vorenus, and the level of confidence between them. I think the real Antony actually died from a battle wound, but this death suited the character on the show better.

    Another interesting scene was the one between Cleopatra and Vorenus, after Antony's death. Vorenus remains Vorenus, he only respected her when Antony was with her, but now he can display his normal loyalty to Rome and lack of loyalty for almost everything else. It was great to see him stand up to Cleopatra and win the argument. Not to mention Lyndsey Marshal gave one of her best performances in this scene.

    My favorite scene however was the reunion between Pullo and Vorenus. I've missed seeing them together that way, and I loved all the references back to the "Caesarion" episode of season one. Caesarion must have been very confused when a Roman soldier appears like that and Vorenus greets him the way he does. I also got a laugh from Pullo's comment that he "thought the boy would be bigger", since it struck me as a joking reference by the script writers to the fact that the children are far too young. Caesarion should have been like 16 or 17.

    It's been interesting in these past two episodes to watch Octavia and Atia. They have pretty much switched places from where they were through all of season one. Octavia is becoming her mother and Atia is showing the same qualities that Octavia did last season. The two have certainly made their peace with each other, which was a relief. To me, it seems like Atia got the best punishment possible for her various crimes and foul moves in the past. She got everything she wanted back when the show started, and it turned out making her unhappy. Polly Walker was superb in her last scene, you could really see in her face that she realized the irony of the situation and that in a way, Servilia had won.

    I was pretty disappointed though by the death of Vorenus. It felt pretty cheap. There was no point in letting him die, except perhaps to put an end to the rumors of a third season. At least he got to make peace with his children before he died... And now I guess it's up to the fanfiction writers to continue with the story of how things turned out for Pullo and Caesarion.

    I'm really sad to see this show go, but I have to admit I'm also relieved. They ended it at a good time, I prefer two great seasons that leave you longing for more, to numerous seasons which end up making you grow tired of the show. It's been a wonderful ride.moreless
  • Rome before Jesus Christ, Great military force, but Republic in collaps, with doubtful moral conduct, new Babylon.

    Povestea celor doi legionari merge mai departe, unul (Vorenus) il insoteste pe Antonius in Egypt, celalalt (Pullo) sta in preajma lui Octavian la Roma. Ambitia lui Antonius de a deveni singurul lider al Romei, duce la un Razboi Civil care va dobori Republica si care va instaura Dictatura si apoi Imperiul. Deocamdata la Actium, pe mare, in apropierea Eladei, flota romana condusa de Agrippa obtine pentru Octavian o victorie decisiva care va insemna sfarsitul lui Antonius si al Cleopatrei. Pullo este trimis in Egypt cu scopul de al asasina pe Cesarion fiul lui Iulius Caesar si al reginei Cleopatra, o amenintare pentru Octavian. Cei doi legionari ii vor salva viata. Vorenus este ranit aproape mortal si Pullo il aduce la Roma la familia lui. Apriga Vorena realizeaza sacrificiul parintelui ei pentru ea si fratii ei, pentru Roma atat de mult iubita, pentru prietenul Pullo. Enjoy!moreless
Simon Woods

Simon Woods

Gaius Caesar Octavian

Guest Star

Allen Leech

Allen Leech

Marcus Agrippa

Guest Star

Alex Wyndham

Alex Wyndham

Gaius Maecenas

Guest Star

Ian McNeice

Ian McNeice


Recurring Role

Lyndsey Marshal

Lyndsey Marshal


Recurring Role

Manfredi Aliquo

Manfredi Aliquo


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The episode's title About Your Father in should be De Patre Tuo rather than De Patre Vostro (vostro is the modern Italian equivalent of the Latin vestro, which is plural). However, it could be argued that the plural adjective is intentional - the title might refer both to Caesarion and the Vorenae.

    • Atia Balba Caesonia (historial basis for Atia of the Julii) was already dead at the time of Antony's defeat at Actium; in the series she is depicted attending Octavian's triumph ceremony, but there are no grounds to support the "confrontation" with Livia, Augustus's wife, about precedence.
      The triumph itself, which was portrayed relatively faithfully in the episode Triumph, is here incorrect. Octavian wears a white toga instead of the crimson of the triumphor; moreover, his face is not painted red as was the custom. It is also recorded that Octavian's stepsons Tiberius and Nero Claudius Drusus rode with him in his chariot, they are not shown here.

    • In the series, Caesarion appears as a young child at the time of his "death". The historical Caesarion was 17 years old by the time of Antony's defeat in Actium.

    • Of Mark Antony's seven children, only Alexander Helios, Cleopatra Selene and Antonia Major are depicted in the series. Missing are his children by Fulvia: Marcus Antonius Antyllus and Iullus Antonius Creticus; his other daughter with Octavia Minor, Antonia Minor; and his youngest child with Cleopatra VII, Ptolemy Philadelphus. Similarly, Antonia Major is the only one of Octavia's five children featured.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Cleopatra: The man, what's his name?
      Vorenus: Titus Pullo.
      Cleopatra: Yes. Is he a good man?
      Vorenus: Define good.

    • Octavian: Caesarion has escaped with Lucius Vorenus. The man turns loyalty into a vice.

    • Agrippa: What did she say?
      Octavian: She said I have a rotten soul.
      Agrippa: Oh.

    • Octavian: Why abduct her when she'll come of her own accord?
      Agrippa: And what if she follows Marc Antony instead, hm?
      Octavian: She betrayed Antony so that she might live, why would she lose heart now?
      Maecenas: You can have that effect on people.

    • Cleopatra: Is [Titus Pullo] a good man?
      Vorenus: Define good.

    • Vorenus: Caesarion, another son of Caesar - Octavian will kill him.
      Cleopatra: No. He's just a child.
      Vorenus: He'll die. And for what, hm? We both know he's not the son of Caesar.
      Cleopatra: We know nothing of the sort.
      Vorenus: I was there at his conception.
      Cleopatra: What does it matter what you say? He is the son of Caesar.
      Vorenus: Ah, whoever he is, he stays here he dies.

    • Octavian: We need to keep the Egyptian people quiet. I suspect destroying the royal palace with their queen inside might make them rather peevish.

    • Antony: Surrender, he says? I'd sooner eat my own children than surrender to him.

    • Atia: He wasn't like that as a child, he was a good, honest boy. I don't know what happened. I'm to blame, probably.

    • Atia of the Julii: I know who you are. I can see you. You're swearing, now, that someday you'll destroy me . . . Remember, far better women than you have sworn to do the same, now go look at them now.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Awards and Nominations:

      David Siegel was nominated for the 2008 Eddie Award for "Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television" for this episode.

      Aldo Signoretti, Stefano Ceccarelli, Claudia Catini and Michele Vigliotta won the 2007 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series" for this episode.

      April Ferry, Augusto Grassi and Uliva Pizzetti were nominated for the 2007 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Costumes for a Series" for this episode.

      Maurizio Silvi, Francesco Nardi, Federico Laurenti and Laura Tonello were nominated for the 2007 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic)" for this episode.

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: April 11, 2007 on SBS 6

    • "De Patre Vostro" is the series finale.


    • Soldier: What's your name, boy?
      Caesarion: Aeneas.
      Aeneas was the name of the one Trojan soldier who, according to the myths, managed to flee the burning Troy together with a small group of refugees. He travelled through Egypt and back to Europe, ending up in Italy, and became the ancestor of Romulus, the founder of Rome. Caesarion takes on the name for the symbolic meaning that he alone managed to escape, but one day he or his descendants will overpower the force that destroyed them.