The Best Episodes of Rome

Last Updated: Dec 11, 2018

Four hundred years after the founding of the Republic, Rome is the wealthiest city in the world. The Republic was founded on principals of shared power, never allowing one man to seize absolute control. But now, those foundations are crumbling...and two soldiers unwittingly become entwined in the historical events of ancient Rome. A drama of love and betrayal, masters and slaves, husbands and wives, Rome chronicles a turbulent era that saw the death of a republic and the birth of an empire.

Kalends of February

#1 - Kalends of February

Season 1 - Episode 12

Pullo and Vorenus are now heroes in the eyes of the Roman rank and file because of their arena feats. This causes Caesar to bestow rewards to those he might normally punish.

star 8.36
602 votes
Directors: Alan Taylor
Writers: Bruno Heller
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De Patre Vostro (About Your Father)

#2 - De Patre Vostro (About Your Father)

Season 2 - Episode 10

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 acess 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 Augustus triumphs in Rome.

star 8.34
537 votes
Directors: Bruno Heller
Writers: John Maybury
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The Spoils

#3 - The Spoils

Season 1 - Episode 11

Vorenus sees to it that veteran soldiers receives severance on behalf of Caesar, and is then invited along with Niobe to one of Atia's parties.

star 8.12
609 votes
Directors: Mikael Salomon
Writers: Bruno Heller
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Deus Impeditio Esuritori Nullus (No God Can Stop a Hungry Man)

#4 - Deus Impeditio Esuritori Nullus (No God Can Stop a Hungry Man)

Season 2 - Episode 9

The people of Rome are starving. There have been many grain shortages over the past few months, but things have gotten particularly bad. In hopes of keeping the people from openly rebelling, Octavian sends Atia and Octavia to Alexandria in order to negotiate a deal with Mark Antony, though his real reasons for their trip is soon revealed. Meanwhile, Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus must try to keep the peace amongst many of the mercenaries who are in Rome.

star 8.12
517 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Mere Smith
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A Necessary Fiction

#5 - A Necessary Fiction

Season 2 - Episode 8

Octavian proclaims a new era of virtue in Rome, a program that his family and subordinates find impossible to obey. Vorenus is sent on a mission after a missing shipment of gold to discover who mysteriously hijacked it on its way to the Roman treasury. Pullo's loss and rage are channeled against Memmio, Omnipor and their henchmen. Octavian pursues Livia as an "appropriate" bride, and issues Mark Antony an ultimatum he knows he can't refuse.

star 8.11
520 votes
Directors: Carl Franklin
Writers: Todd Ellis Kessler
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Passover

#6 - Passover

Season 2 - Episode 1

Things pick up shortly after Caesar's murder. Octavian wants to keep his family from fleeing the city so he devises a plan. News of this makes Antony happy so he tells Brutus. Vorenus mourns Niobe's death but casts aspersions upon his children.

star 8.11
591 votes
Writers: Bruno Heller
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Philippi

#7 - Philippi

Season 2 - Episode 6

Vorenus receives orders to plunge Rome into a bloodbath the likes that have not been seen since the dictatorship of Sulla. Octavia reveals her secret to Atia, and the armies of the Liberators and the Caesarians clash for the last time, with the fate of Republic in the balance.

star 8.08
509 votes
Directors: Roger Young
Writers: Eoghan Mahony
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Caesarion

#8 - Caesarion

Season 1 - Episode 8

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.

star 8.04
628 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: William J. MacDonald
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Testudo Et Lepus (The Tortoise And the Hare)

#9 - Testudo Et Lepus (The Tortoise And the Hare)

Season 2 - Episode 4

Pullo races to find Vorenus with news of his family's fate. Servilia's plans to eliminate a rival exact a high price from her. Cicero is astonished when Octavian sends word that his victorious legions are coming home to Rome. In Rome, Timon finally grows weary of Atia's bidding.

star 8.02
536 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Todd Ellis Kessler
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Son of Hades

#10 - Son of Hades

Season 2 - Episode 2

Cleopatra arrives in Rome to pay her homage to Caesar, and to seek legitimization for Caesarion. Egypt's queen causes further complications between Anthony and Atia, who still struggles with Servilia. Timon's brother arrives from Jerusalem. The death of Erastes throws the underworld, and Rome's river commerce into chaos, and Pullo and Vorenus step into the gap. Octavian and Anthony begin a long and bitter rivalry with a dispute over Caesar's will and sharing of power.

star 7.97
553 votes
Directors: Allen Coulter
Writers: Bruno Heller
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Pharsalus

#11 - Pharsalus

Season 1 - Episode 7

Pompey attacks an outnumbered Caesar. Vorenus and Pullo are stranded at sea. Atia continues to seek out Servilla's friendship in order to ensure her protection, while Octavia and Servilla's bond grows.

star 7.94
644 votes
Directors: Tim Van Patten
Writers: David Frankel
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Death Mask

#12 - Death Mask

Season 2 - Episode 7

Antony's nature reasserts itself, and challenges his alliance with Octavian. Timon and Levi set themselves against Herod's plans. Servilia's public displays of grief leave Atia unsettled. Gaia uses Pullo's punishment as a weapon against him. His daughter's sudden interest in business matters arouses Vorenus' suspicions. Posca gets married.

star 7.93
522 votes
Directors: John Maybury
Writers: Scott Buck
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These Being the Words of Marcus Tullius Cicero

#13 - These Being the Words of Marcus Tullius Cicero

Season 2 - Episode 3

Brutus and Cassius struggle to raise foreign armies to oppose the Cesarean party. Mark Antony's plans to change his post-consul proconsular governorship from Macedonia to Gaul are derailed when Cicero delivers an in-absentia message to the Senate, and throws his support behind Octavian. Vorenus struggles to contain an all-out gang war in the Aventine Collegium, of his own making,that he blames on Pullo. In the house of the Julii, Octavia passes the hours in a drug induced daze, while a duplicitous youth named Duro, planted amongst the Julii by Servilia, looks for the chance to set a deadly plan in motion.

star 7.87
563 votes
Directors: Alan Poul
Writers: Scott Buck
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How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic

#14 - How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic

Season 1 - Episode 2

Anointed People's Tribune by Caesar, Mark Antony returns to Rome with Octavian's liberators, Vorenus and Pullo. After being feted by a grateful Atia, Vorenus heads home to his family, for the first time in eight years, while Pullo heads for the brothels. Pompey drafts an ultimatum stripping the general of his power.

star 7.84
935 votes
Directors: Michael Apted
Writers: Bruno Heller
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The Ram Has Touched The Wall

#15 - The Ram Has Touched The Wall

Season 1 - Episode 5

Caesar weighs Pompey's counteroffer against Antony's recommendation to chase down Pompey's vulnerable army. Vorenus is forced to reconsider his career choices after a series of business setbacks leave him with little income to support his family. A jealous Atia concocts a clever scheme to separate Caesar from Servilia. Pullo is recruited to tutor Octavian in the art of soldiering, but ends up learning a lesson or two from the boy.

star 7.83
695 votes
Directors: Allen Coulter
Writers: Bruno Heller
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Heroes of the Republic

#16 - Heroes of the Republic

Season 2 - Episode 5

Despite Pullo's advice, Vorenus and his family return to the Collegium with his family who is reunited, and cleansed of their ordeal. Octavian is denied a triumph and urges Cicero to endorse his bid to be made Consul in exchange for an agreement to allow Cicero to veto his actions. Octavian takes both Cicero and the Senate by surprise with his first Consular act. Vorenus attempts' to make peace with Memmio and Cotta create suspicions that he has gone soft.

star 7.83
529 votes
Directors: Alik Sakharov
Writers: Mere Smith
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Triumph

#17 - Triumph

Season 1 - Episode 10

Unanimously proclaimed Dictator by the Senate, Caesar pronounces the war over, and prepares for five days of feasting and games honoring his "triumph." No longer an enlisted soldier, Pullo eyes a pastoral future with Eirene, while Vorenus runs for municipal magistrate, with Posca's help. Meanwhile, Octavian retrieves Octavia from her self-imposed exile. And Servilia invites a revenge-minded Quintus Pompey into her home, to Brutus' dismay.

star 7.82
583 votes
Directors: Alan Taylor
Writers: Adrian Hodges
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Utica

#18 - Utica

Season 1 - Episode 9

With Scipio and Cato defeated, Caesar returns home to a hero's welcome. Vorenus and Pullo's showdown with local thug Erastes gets an unexpected reprieve from Caesar. Servilia's plan to use Octavia to unearth a secret about Caesar backfires.

star 7.82
604 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Alexandra Cunningham
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Egeria

#19 - Egeria

Season 1 - Episode 6

When Caeser finds himself outnumbered by Pompey's legions, he asks Antony to join the fight. Marc Antony is having fun in his new political life while he ponders a counter-offer from Pompey. Atia urges Octavian to take another step toward manhood. Vorenus and Niobe try to bring passion back to their marriage.

star 7.80
660 votes
Directors: Alan Poul
Writers: John Milius, Bruno Heller
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An Owl in a Thornbush

#20 - An Owl in a Thornbush

Season 1 - Episode 3

With Caesar quickly advancing toward Rome, Pompey begins ordering a retreat and forces his citizens to pick sides. Timon is forced to do Atia's dirty work and Vorenus cannot understand why no one is resisting while on a scouting mission.

star 7.79
808 votes
Directors: Michael Apted
Writers: Bruno Heller
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Stealing From Saturn

#21 - Stealing From Saturn

Season 1 - Episode 4

As Pompey "maneuvers" outside the city, Caesar seeks to consolidate his hold on Rome. Atia throws a party to welcome Caesar home, while Vorenus throws one of his own to usher in his new life as a citizen businessman. Pullo's run of luck continues when he delivers Quintus Pompey to Caesar, who in turn returns Quintus to his father's camp, with an offer of truce he knows Pompey will never accept.

star 7.78
745 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Bruno Heller
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The Stolen Eagle

#22 - The Stolen Eagle

Season 1 - Episode 1

Eager to return to Rome after eight long years of war, Gaius Julius Caesar ends his campaign with a resounding triumph in Gaul, and news of a shattering personal loss at home. In Rome, Caesar's old friend Pompey is counselled by the Senate, who worry about Caesar's growing popularity. Two soldiers are enlisted to find the army's stolen gold standard. Atia is careful to play both sides of an escalating power struggle.

star 7.56
1,257 votes
Directors: Michael Apted
Writers: Bruno Heller
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