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Epic four-hour series about the rise of Octavius who succeeds Julius Caesar and tangles with Marc Anthony for control of the Roman empire and finally went on to become the emperor Augustus.




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Series cast summary:
Santiago Cabrera ...  Octavius 6 episodes, 2005
Vincent Regan ...  Marc Antony 6 episodes, 2005
Emily Blunt ...  Camane 6 episodes, 2005
James Frain ...  Brutus 6 episodes, 2005
Jonathan Cake ...  Tyrannus 6 episodes, 2005
Trudie Styler ...  Servilia 5 episodes, 2005
Graham McTavish ...  General Rapax 5 episodes, 2005
Amanda Root ...  Noella 5 episodes, 2005
Ian Bartholomew Ian Bartholomew ...  Cimber 5 episodes, 2005
Michael Maloney ...  Cassius 4 episodes, 2005
Michael Byrne ...  Cicero 4 episodes, 2005
Orla Brady ...  Atia 4 episodes, 2005
Alan David Alan David ...  Quinitilius 4 episodes, 2005
Clive Riche ...  Herteus 4 episodes, 2005
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ...  Panza 4 episodes, 2005
Christopher Egan ...  Agrippa 3 episodes, 2005
Fiona Shaw ...  Fulvia 3 episodes, 2005
Colm Feore ...  Caesar 3 episodes, 2005
Michael Culkin ...  Lucius 3 episodes, 2005
Dennis Haysbert ...  Magonius 3 episodes, 2005
Sylvia De Fanti ...  Moira 3 episodes, 2005
Fillipo Reda Fillipo Reda ...  Piso 3 episodes, 2005
Caroline Ashley Caroline Ashley ...  Titiana 3 episodes, 2005
Julian Firth ...  Publius Claudius 3 episodes, 2005
Inday Ba ...  Nila 3 episodes, 2005
Amelia Curtis ...  Wife of Publius Claudius 3 episodes, 2005
Stephanie Leonidas ...  Girlfriend 3 episodes, 2005
Martin Marquez Martin Marquez ...  General Crito 3 episodes, 2005
Terence Maynard ...  Atticus 3 episodes, 2005
Joe Hanley Joe Hanley ...  Lagos 3 episodes, 2005
Edoardo Trowse Edoardo Trowse ...  Rough Youth 3 episodes, 2005
Jean-Marie Paris Jean-Marie Paris ...  The Reterian 3 episodes, 2005
Angel Turner Angel Turner ...  Gordiana 3 episodes, 2005
Jonis Bashir Jonis Bashir ...  Drax 3 episodes, 2005
Ed Stoppard ...  Sebastianus 2 episodes, 2005
Felix Dexter Felix Dexter ...  Maximus 2 episodes, 2005
Michael Jenn ...  Saturnicus 2 episodes, 2005
Ian Redford ...  Nobleman Marius 2 episodes, 2005
Robert Willox Robert Willox ...  Balthus 2 episodes, 2005
Stephen Graham ...  Bazzer 2 episodes, 2005
Giannina Salvetti Giannina Salvetti ...  Market Seller 2 episodes, 2005
Anthony Souter ...  Slave Trader 2 episodes, 2005
Luca Venantini ...  Fortunus 2 episodes, 2005
Antonio Del Prete ...  Slave 2 episodes, 2005
Alessandro Dieli ...  Caelus 2 episodes, 2005
Giacomo Gonnella ...  Bestiari 2 episodes, 2005
Joseph Murray Joseph Murray ...  Davus 2 episodes, 2005
Jay Natelle ...  Soldier 2 episodes, 2005
Mario Opinato ...  Sergeant at Arms 2 episodes, 2005
Francis Pardeilhan ...  The General 2 episodes, 2005
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Bart Ruspoli ...  Principe 2 episodes, 2005
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Massimiliano Ubaldi Massimiliano Ubaldi ...  Centurion 2 episodes, 2005
Diz White Diz White ...  Voice Replacement 2 episodes, 2005


The story is set in Rome around 44 B.C., just after the assassination of Julius Caesar. Octavius, aged 17, who was named heir by Caesar, is challenged by Marc Anthony. A civil war ensues, ending in a showdown between Octavius and Marc Anthony. Written by Justine Lewis

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Lust, Power and the Epic Battle for Rome


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Release Date:

28 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Empire See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy


Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)
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(6 parts) | (DVD)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Real swords were used in close-up shots for authenticity. This risky decision resulted in Jonathan Cake being cut during filming for the first episode. The cut became infected and Cake required hospital treatment. See more »


During the final battle between Antony's and Octavius's armies, Tyranus removes two silver emblems from his chest to denounce Antony and fight for Octavius. In the next shot, they are there again. Later, they disappear once more. See more »


Octavius: I promise not to speak of politics if you don't speak of gardening.
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Version of Imperium: Augustus (2003) See more »

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pretty but ugly - a truly bloody and fantastic story is sanitized for TV
13 January 2013 | by VikenMekhtarianSee all my reviews

I am a huge fan of classical history and relish any opportunities to indulge in some good ole fashion stories about the fascinating times. The events that led to the fall of a Roman Republic and the rise of an Empire that ruled over a thousand year does not require embellishment or sexing up. It but does demands some rigorous attention to detail while keeping a historical perspective that does not dive into soap operatics. The story of the rise of Octavius, one of the geniuses of the classical times, from pretender to a throne to a God who sired a dynasty never before seen is told through the lens of a freed gladiator slave. First Mistake! of all the different ways of telling this story, why pick such a weak narrator as a noble fighter - this gladiator, though played with genuine intentions could just as easily be a hero in any mid-summer blockbuster movie. His presence does not make the story easier to tell, it just cheapens it. Second huge mistake is the Casting: everyone looks like they were selected from a catalogue: totally archetypal features yet still pretty enough to sell sweaters or insurance.

Lastly, the story: it is based on a true story, but only as much as Christian cartoons are based on what life was in the year 00. I am not sure if you will learn much from this story, except a few dates and places, which can easily be found in a 5th grader's history textbook. Despite the huge amount of archaeological and archival documents available to filmmakers nowadays which when properly combined can almost make you "smell" Rome, that city of a Million people which was the centre of the known world. Rome was the modem day equivalent of New York, Paris and Hong Kong combined. Instead what we get is a dirty village scenes, that could easily have been leftover from the set of Stargate, filled with a very homogeneous Italian looking set of extras living in huge well lit homes. I would give The Empire a pass. Instead check out Caligula, or Gladiator or even the old classic Fall of the Riman Empire.

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