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No New "Rome" Episode Week of Feb 25th

There will be no new "Rome" episodes this week, as HBO repeats the first six episodes throughout the week to allow viewers to "catch up" with any episodes they may have missed. For a complete schedule of these episodes, and the schedule for the four remaining new episodes, click HERE.

In the meantime, take our "Rome" trivia quiz, file your answers publicly by using the comment function at the bottom of this blog. Just fill in a screen name and email address (this will not be visible in your comment). Answers will be published later this week.

Rome Trivia: ANSWERS NOW AVAILABLE BELOW!

1. Many viewers were jarred when the actor playing Octavian was changed in mid-series, the producers apparently feeling the need for a more mature Octavian for the later episodes, even though the character's age only changed a couple of years over the gap. Who were the two actors portraying Octavian?

2. What was Octavian's age, in history, at the last episode for the first actor (the events immediately following Caesar's assassination)?

3. What was Octavian's age in history at the time of the battle of Mutina where we first encounter the new actor?

4. Octavian was not the first character in “Rome” to be played by two different actors. Who was the first?

5. Where is Mutina, anyway?

6. Who were the Generals who actually did most of the fighting on Octavian's side at Mutina (neither one survived the battle)?

7. At the beginning of every episode, they show a wall with niches set in it and various writings on it, arranged in rows and columns. What is this thing, and what is its purpose?

8. Vorenus becomes the leader of the Aventine Collegium. What is the Aventine?

9. And what is a collegium?

10. What was first necessary before the testimony of a slave could be accepted in a Roman court of law?

11. In one episode we see a man cut from a cloth bag containing a number of snakes. This depicts (though it wasn't an execution in this episode) a Roman method of execution that involved sewing a man in a bag and tossing him in the river with a snake plus what other animals?

12. Brutus and Cassius fought the forces of Octavian and Antony at Philippi. Where is Philippi?

13. Who is Philippi named for?

14. What was the historical effect of the battle of Philippi?

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1. Many viewers were jarred when the actor playing Octavian was changed in mid-series, the producers apparently feeling the need for a more mature Octavian for the later episodes, even though the character's age only changed a couple of years over the gap. Who were the two actors portraying Octavian?

Young Octavian - Max Pirkis

Slightly Older Octavian - Simon Woods


2. What was Octavian's age, in history, at the last episode for the first actor (the events immediately following Caesar's assassination)?

At Caesar's Assassination - 18 yrs

3. What was Octavian's age in history at the time of the battle of Mutina where we first encounter the new actor?

Battle of Mutina - 19 yrs

Dates:
Birth of Octavian - 9/23/63 BC
Assassination - 3/15/44 BC
Mutina - 4/21/43 BC

4. Octavian was not the first character in “Rome” to be played by two different actors. Who was the first?

Little Lucius!

5. Where is Mutina, anyway?

Northern Italy near the modern city of MODENA.

For a description of the battle, click HERE.


6. Who were the Generals who actually did most of the fighting on Octavian's side at Mutina (neither one survived the battle)?

Aulus Hirtius
Gaius Vibius Pansa Caetronianus


7. At the beginning of every episode, they show a wall with niches set in it and various writings on it, arranged in rows and columns. What is this thing, and what is its purpose?

A Fastum (plural Fasti) or calendar wall. The one on the show may or may not be historically accurate. For a longer discussion see my article HERE.

8. Vorenus becomes the leader of the Aventine Collegium. What is the Aventine?

One of the seven hills of Rome. See articles HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

9. And what is a collegium?

Originally the collegia were like social clubs or trade unions, but they grew to become more like gangs. See "Rome" historian Jonathan Stamp's discussion HERE.


10. What was first necessary before the testimony of a slave could be accepted in a Roman court of law?

He must first be tortured.

11. In one episode we see a man cut from a cloth bag containing a number of snakes. This depicts a Roman method of execution (though it wasn't an execution in this episode) that involved sewing a man in a bag and tossing him in the river with a snake plus what other animals?

Traditionally, the person to be executed would be sewn in a bag with a dog, a monkey, and a snake, and the bag then thrown in the river. See reference HERE.


12. Brutus and Cassius fought the forces of Octavian and Antony at Philippi. Where is Philippi?

Northern (Macedonian) Greece. See article HERE.

13. Who is Philippi named for?

Philip II, King of Macedon, Alexander the Great's father.


14. What was the historical effect of the battle of Philippi?

Arguably, the next thousand years of history was determined by the battle, with the Republic of Rome becoming the Roman Empire, and later the Holy Roman Empire. Which, as it decayed, left a vacuum to be filled by the Ottoman Empire and the expansion of Islam.


Posted by Cecil on February 26, 2007 1:51 AM
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