Season 2 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 14, 2007 on HBO



  • Trivia

    • Goof: Near the end of the episode, when Erastes is talking to his men in the bar, in the background we see a woman performing oral sex to a man. The next moment, when Erastes is leaving, there's no woman.

    • When Caesar was killed in 44 BC, Octavius was studying in Apollonia, Illyria and was not actually in Rome to receive the reading of Caesars will.

  • Quotes

    • Gaius Octavian: You heard what Servilia said, she wants you to run away.
      Atia of the Julii: More fool her, she'll have to find me first.
      Gaius Octavian: She will find you, you have no talent for hiding.

    • Cassius: Our men at arms have secured the city. We've recieved representitives from all the best elements. The senate is with us, the knights are with us.
      Brutus: The pontifs, the urban cohorts, the lictors guild...
      Antony: Oh, the lictors guild, very good. Only rally the bakers and the flute players and you can put on a festival.

    • Cicero: Mark Antony is alive... An error... I think... A deep error.
      Brutus: We are senators, not hired thugs. Kill him yourself if you want it so.

    • Posca: They will declare his death a rightful tyrannicide, his will and all his acts become null and void. His property will be intestate.
      Octavian: They cannot take the name.
      Antony: Oh no, that's all yours. Much good may it do you.

    • Antony: We shall be taking Calpurnia with us so we must leave via the suburba.
      Atia: Calpurnia? Why do we need to take her?
      Antony: We must be sure that she is safe.
      Atia: Well I don't see her rushing to see that we're safe.
      Antony: My dear, we cannot leave Caesar's widow behind. It would look ill with the people, as if we'd abandoned her.
      Atia: What a bore.

    • Cicero: It's not too late to kill Antony. He's here, in your hands. I'm simply stating the facts. I do not urge you to any particular course of action.
      Brutus: Nor will I take the action you do not urge.

    • Mark Antonty: I shall serve out the rest of my term as Consul, and then retire quietly to the provinces where I will plough my fields and fuck my slaves - just like old Cincinnatus.

    • Mark Antony: I am not rising from this bed until I've fucked someone.
      Atia: Fine, fine, Merula, fetch that German slut from the kitchen.

    • "Good morning, Consul. How goes your day?"

  • Notes

    • Alik Sakharov won the 2007 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series" for this episode.

    • The episode's non-depiction of Antony's speech at Caesar's funeral is true to modern historiography. Despite William Shakespeare's famous recreation in the play Julius Shakespeare, records of the text of Anthony's speech have not survived into modern times.

      What has survived are accounts that the speech was highly emotional and histrionic, that Anthony was able to turn the mob against the Conspirators, that the citizens of Rome became so worked up that they rioted, and the the Conspirators were then forced to leave Rome. This is all depicted within the episode.

  • Allusions

    • Mark Antony makes reference to "Cincinnatus", who is Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus (c.519 BC).

      Cincinnatus is semi-legendary figure from Roman history. He was - apparently - a Patrician in the early days of the Republic, noted for his leadership, civic virtue, and modesty.

      According to Roman historians, he was a simple country nobleman, who put aside his personal needs as a simple country squire, assumed military and dictatorial command of the entire Roman Republic, defeated her enemies, restored the Republic to safety, and then voluntarily divested himself of his extraordinary powers and returned to quiet country life. He is said to have done this not only once, but twice, having dealt with an invasion by the Aequi and the Volscians, and again later with a plebeian revolt.


    • "Passover" is a Jewish holiday commemorating a time, during their Egyptian captivity, that the angel of death sent by God "passed over" the homes of the Hebrew slaves' while taking the first-born of every other Egyptian household (See Exodus, 12:5-14)