Tuesday, September 20, 2005

HBO's Rome ep 4

Hrm, not a whole lot to say about this latest episode. It was very good, filled with nice details. David Meadows summarises it pretty thoroughly here.

It was one of those episodes where they were showing off that they'd done a lot of research into various Roman practices. While the doormice didn't bother me, it was a bit disconcerting to see a goat getting castrated just so Atia could force Octavius to eat goat testicles, though!

I also saw more of Marc Antony than I needed to see, but I do like that they were using the strigil.

There was also a lot of demonstration of various forms of augury. Vorenus' wife consults a woman reading a liver, and the birds (set up) confirm that the gods look favourably upon Caesar's actions.

Another good point was the contrast of the two dinner parties--the one Vorenus was holding to establish new business connections, and the one Caesar and Atia were holding. It was very well done, and reinforced for the audience the differences and similarities between the upper and lower classes. Again, one of my favourite things about this show is that it is so concerned with the plebeians as well.

Anyway, if you're not already watching Rome, I highly suggest you do everything in your power to catch it!

And in case you haven't heard, the show has been renewed for a second season!


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