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on 15 October 2008
Highly historically inaccurate, the portratal of the pale, sickly, yet highly politically-astute Octavian as a bronzed muscled Latin jock is a bit hard to swallow. You really get the impression that this was a rushed-out spoiler to HBO's 'Rome'.
Still, it's enjoyable enough, as long as you don't obsess over the details. Some *are* correct -- like the staging of gladitorial combats in temporary, 'bleacher-like' enclosures (a lot cheaper to stage, too...;0).
And, in Colm Feore, we have a Caesar who looks remarkably like the portraits we have.
So, don't get your hopes, up -- just enjoy the set pieces, the scenery and the architecture.