1x12 Kalends of February
First Aired: Nov. 20, 2005 on HBO
Summary: Due to their heroic feats in the arena, Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus are praised as heroes throughout the entire city. Despite Julius Caesar’s desire to punish them for their actions, their fame and reputation causes him to think otherwise, so he formulates a plan to ensure his own…
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Cassius: Thus always for tyrants!
Servilia of the Junii:
So you see the tyrant is dead, the republic is restored and you are alone. Would you like some honey water?
- Goof (anachronisms): There is a sulphur crested cockatoo at Vorenus's house. This bird is native to Australia and New Guinea and would not have been pets in Rome until at least the 1800's.
- Goof (anachronisms): When Pullo is seen by the physician in Rome, he says he has given him henbane for the pain. The term "henbane" was not in use until about 1265 CE.
- Just before Vorenus leaves home to meet Caesar, Niobe slips a bag of herbs into his tunic. This was a good luck pouch, which the Ancient Romans believed had to be worn close to the skin for it to work.
- When the child is put to bed, he is addressed as "little man". The Ancient Romans didn't actually have the word "child" in their vocabulary. So children were referred to as small adults.
- Cicero's protests at Vorenus being elevated to the senate despite being a Plebeian are hypocritical. In fact, Cicero himself was originally a Plebeian.
- The Ancient Roman Suetonius recorded that had Caesar lived, he had planned to enact a series of public works, drain the Promptine marshes, triple the size of all libraries, and build a highway from the Tiber River through the Appenine Mountains to the Adriatic Sea.
- During Caesar's assassination, Cassius says: "Thus always for tyrants!". This is the literal translation of the Latin phrase "Sic semper tyrannis", which was also used by John Wilkes Booth when he killed Abraham Lincoln.