Rome: Season 1 Episode 8 Caesarion

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Caesar crosses into Egypt and settles a civil war.

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Rome (2005-2007)


Titus Pullo - Ray Stevenson

Lucius Vorenus - Kevin McKidd

Atia of the Julii - Polly Walker

Pompey Magnus - Kenneth Cranham

Servilia of the Junii - Lindsay Duncan

Marcus Junius Brutus - Tobias Menzies

Octavia of the Julii - Kerry Condon

Niobe - Indira Varma

Gaius Octavian - Max Pirkis

Posca - Nicholas Woodeson

Marcus Tullius Cicero - David Bamber

Eleni - Suzanne Bertish

Scipio - Paul Jesson

Lyde - Esther Hall

Mark Antony - James Purefoy

Caesar - Ciaran Hinds

Hutto - Shaka Bunsie

King Ptolemy XIII - Scott Chisolm

Nubian Soldier - Enoch Frost

Pothinus - Tony Guilfoyle

Charmian - Kathryn Hunter

Lucius Septimius - David Kennedy

Theodotus - David de Keyser

Cleopatra - Lyndsey Marshal

Achillas - Grant Masters

Newsreader - Ian McNeice

Sentry - Axel Shumacher

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Detailed Synopsis

Marcus Junius Brutus walks into Servilia of the Junii's home after returning to war and they hug, but only briefly and she quickly walks away. Newsreader reports the reward for the return of an escaped slave, Brutus and Marcus Tullius Cicero have been pardoned and Caesar is following Pompey Magnus to Egypt. Caesar arrives in Egypt where he is brought before King Ptolemy XIII. Later in a meeting with Pothinus, Theodotus and Ptolemy XIII, Caesar is asked how long he intends to stay and Caesar asks them how their war is going against Cleopatra. Caesar then asks the whereabouts of Cleopatra and when Pothinus tells him no one knows, Posca whispers to Caesar that he is lying and that Ptolomy's people have Cleopatra. Caesar tells them the civil war must end so Rome receives its grain shipments from Egypt and asks for Pompey Magnus. Ptolemy speaks up and tells his ministers to have Cesar leave due to his tone when speaking to them. Theodotus calms Ptolemy down and suggests they give Caesar their gift. A jar is brought before Caesar and Pompey's head is pulled out. He yells at the Egyptians for their barbarity in killing Pompey in the manner they did and demands his executioner be brought to him. He then leaves and Posca takes Pompey's head which is then burned in a pyre that night.

Caesar sends Mark Antony back to Rome while he stays in Egypt to end the Egyptian civil war so that grain may continue to feed Rome. Caesar sends Lucius Vorenus to find Cleopatra and before leaving Lucius apologizes to Caesar for allowing Pompey to escape and for the final outcome of his death. The next day Ptolomey's entourage arrive without Pompey's murderer and Caesar has Posca give Pothinus a list of money owed to Rome. Ptolemy gets off his chair, grabs the paper with the tabulations and throws it at Caesar's feet after yelling at Caesar. Caesar barks at Ptolemy to be quiet and after Ptolemy returns to his throne Cesar tells the Egyptians he shall stay to help in their civil war. Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo are waiting behind a statue waiting for clues on the whereabouts of Cleopatra. In his throne room, Ptolemy angrily kicks around furniture over the remarks of Caesar and a decision is made to kill Cleopatra. Achillas then sends Nubian Soldier and two others to kill Cleopatra in the location they have her prisoner. They pass the location Lucius and Titus are hiding and the two ride after them. The Nubian Soldier arrives at the location, where inside of a tent, Charmian is attending to a drug stupored Cleopatra. Hutto enters the tent and tells Cleopatra that the time of her death has arrived. Nubian Soldier and the two others enter the tent, but before they kill her, Hutto stumbles back dying. A fight breaks out between the Egyptians and Lucius and Titus in which Nubian Soldier and the others are killed and Cleopatra is freed.

A meeting is held between Pothinus, Theodotus, Achillas and Lucius Septimius and it is decided Achillas will rally an army to attack Caesar. Theodotus asks Septimius to stay and then gives him a letter to give to Caesar. Sentry enters Caesar's office and tells him a messenger from Ptolemy is there to see him. Septimius gives Posca the letter who then reads it aloud, the letter saying the deliverer is the one who killed Pompey Magnus. Septimius is killed and his head added to a spike outside the palace walls. Cleopatra's camp journeys to the capitol, but stops for the night. Cleopatra tells Charmian she will try and seduce Caesar in order to survive. She believes if she births him a son than she will have him as an ally. Charmian has the idea to have Lucius or Titus get Cleopatra pregnant as it is the time of Cleopatra's fertility. Lucius is sent in first, but he refuses and sends in Titus who has sex with Cleopatra. Titus then brags to Lucius how good the sex was and tells Lucius he knows better than to tell anyone he had sex with Cleopatra. Lucius and Titus return to Alexandria and Caesar with Charmian and Cleopatra hidden in a burlap sack. Cleopatra then goes to the throne room and sentences Pothinus to die after greeting her brother, Ptolemy. Pothinus then blames Theodotus for sentencing Cleopatra to die and both of their heads are added to the spikes outside the walls. Cleopatra and Caesar discuss his wives and she notes how Calpurnia has yet to give Caesar a son. Cleopatra and Caesar have sex, while back in Rome, Servillia and Octavia of the Julii have sex. A crowd gathers before the gates of the castle in Alexandria and assault the castle. Brutus and Cicero meet in the senate grounds and Cicero discusses betraying both Caesar and Mark Antony and allying with Porcius Cato and Scipio once more. Mark Antony walks in and threatens Cicero that if hears any word of betrayal than he will have Cicero's hands cut off and nailed to the senate doors. As he is leaving he also tells them that Caesar has broken the siege in Egypt and controls Egypt. Meanwhile, Ptolemy is seen drowned in the river. Caesar walks out of the palace with Cleopatra and presents his new born son to the crowd and Titus Pullo yells excitedly.