by Diane Rufino, December 30, 2013
One of my all-time favorite HBO series is
ROME, starring Kevin McKidd and Ray
Stevenson. Borrowing on a theme similar
to Forrest Gump, the series follows the journey of two men in Julius Caesar’s
Roman legion who seem to find themselves making history wherever they go. The
soldiers are Lucius Vorenus (McKidd) and Titus Pullo (Stevenson). Although Vorenus and Pullo are real
centurions who displayed outstanding bravery and valor in battle and were
included in Caesar’s war journals, their journeys and experiences in the series
are the creation of the writers. ROME
chronicles the period in Roman history when the people lost their republic.
Aside from the entertainment provided by Vorenus and Pullo, who are often
violent and crude, the story showed how the Senate tried to stand up to the
ambitions of men like Julius Caesar and Octavian (who renamed himself Augustus
Caesar) to protect the people’s hand and voice in government.
Perhaps I am drawn to the series because of my Italian heritage or perhaps it is because of
history as a republic and its impact on our Founding Fathers when they sat down
to fashion a government to serve the people and protect their inalienable
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