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Rome: An Owl in a Thornbush

Julius Caesar is making his way towards Rome, though Lucius Vorenus is contemplating while the army has encountered so little resistance during their patrols. In Rome, Pompey begins ordering a retreat of his forces and he assigns his best men to take the entire city’s treasury to their planned destination. Meanwhile, Atia plans on using foul play in order to force her daughter to stop loving a lower class citizen.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x3
Airdate: Sunday September 11th, 2005

Director: Michael Apted
Writer: Bruno Heller

Alternate Airdates:

NL (SBS 6) Sep 14, 2008

  • Currently 8.3/10
8.3/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Anna Francolini
As Clarissa
Anna Patrick
As Cornelia
Antonio Ragusa
As Legionary
Chiara Mastalli
As Eirene
Eliza Darby
As Daughter of Pompey
Ian McNeice
As Newsreader
Lydia Biondi
As Merula
Manfredi Aliquo
As Castor
Matt Patresi
As Durio
Michele Pettini
As Son of Pompey
Rob David
As Glabius
Alexandra Stordy
As Iolanthe
Carla Cagnetti
As Maidservant
Stu Rosen
As Numa
Main Cast
Kevin McKidd
As Lucius Vorenus
Ray Stevenson
As Titus Pullo
Polly Walker
As Atia of the Julii
Lindsay Duncan
As Servilia of the Junii
Tobias Menzies
As Marcus Junius Brutus
Kerry Condon
As Octavia of the Julii
Indira Varma
As Niobe
David Bamber
As Marcus Tullius Cicero
Max Pirkis
As Gaius Octavian
Lee Boardman
As Timon
Ciaran Hinds
As Julius Caesar
James Purefoy
As Mark Antony
Karl Johnson (1)
As Porcius Cato
Kenneth Cranham
As Pompey Magnus


Thirty miles outside of Rome, Caesar sends Vorenus, Pullo and some Ubian soldiers on a scouting mission to size up Pompey's defenses, with strict instructions to advance only until they meet resistance. "There will be no raping, pillage, or burning," he adds, handing Vorenus a proclamation to deliver to the civilians of the city...

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