It's great...I agree it's a bit heavy on some of the "love" scenes sometimes, along with the language, but it's a great show. I'm totally hooked.
I love Biblical/Roman/Greek and history/mythology along with Egyptology. These have always been my favorite subjects. husband is into American history, but I'm into that. Anytime there is a show on Disc Channel about it, I'm there watching.
I'm big into Roman/Egyptian and even some Biblical history too. It figures they air a show like this when I never have time to sit and actually watch it.
I'm a history/discovery/health channel nut. American history bores me very quickly. I think because we had so much of it in school.
Oh, did you see the special on History channel where they found these Egyptian hyroglifics (sp) of helicopters, planes, airboats and such??? I only caught the last 15 mins. But it really looked awesome. I hope they air it again and I can catch it.
husband & I have been watching it, when we can stay awake! It's been on late on free-to-air here in Sydney, it finished last week (with Caesar's death). I think we fell asleep before then. But we were really enjoying it - well cast, well acted. husband was also very emphatic that Cleopatra was very well cast - according to history she was small with a boyish figure (Calpurnia's and Octavia's repeated insult to her) - no great beauty, but a political brain that was her main attraction.
husband & I are both interested in ancient history, husband especially is an expert on Republican and early Imperial Rome. My knowledge is more of Imperial Rome.
If you enjoyed this, try and find a British TV series from the mid-70s, called "I, Claudius." It is based on the books by British historian Robert Graves and had an amazing cast. Patrick Stewart in a minor role (Sejanus). John Hurt as an especially nasty and frightening Caligula and Derek Jacobi as Claudius (brilliantly acted, playing Claudius from a teenager to his death in his 80s).
Unlike "Rome", "I, Claudius" gives more detail of the women and their nastiness too, especially Livia (married to Augustus).
We bought the set on DVD. It's also bloodthirsty in places, but possibly less graphic (although the history is sufficiently nasty to make unavoidable some level of detail).
I think "Rome" is a British production too - they do historical drama very well indeed. But it does mean that some of the language, geared to British audiences, may be stronger than you're used to while it won't seem as strong to us in Australia or those in Britain. It IS stronger language than they used in "I, Claudius".
Thanks Marge, I'll check that out! sounds interesting. We are watching the new season of Rome up here. It started about three weeks ago. The nastiness of the women is really showing now, but Livia seems to be out of it, now. Maybe she will reappear later. The language is just a lot. It's not peppered a bit, it's in your face. You're right about not being used to that.
Daisy....'Oh, did you see the special on History channel where they found these Egyptian hyroglifics (sp) of helicopters, planes, airboats and such??? I only caught the last 15 mins. But it really looked awesome. I hope they air it again and I can catch it. "
No! I didn't see that! I will definitely have to look out for that one!
I caught it too. Well, the last half hour. I have trouble ever getting to see a show all the way thru. Then when it got to the part I told you about I was sitting there with my mouth hanging open. lol I'd never have guessed it was on the mystery of flight. I only caught it cuz I've had the darn channel on trying to catch it again. lmao