DUDE, YOU TOTALLY JUST CROSSED THE RUBICON! Have I mentioned that I'm totally digging HBO's "Rome", which is a pulpy, bloody, funny and yet largely historically accurate take on Caesar, Brutus, Pompey and the whole gang, including Cato as an adorably bitchy old man. The acting is all excellent, especially scenery-chewing Polly Walker as Atia of the Julii, master plotter (or so she thinks), and it's a great study of power, desperation, greed and the many ways in which someone can be killed with a blade.
Plus which, you've got the fictional soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo, who are a cross between the Rosencrantz/Guildenstern and Chandler/Joey of the time when men were men, women were frequently naked and numbers were letters. And if anyone complains about the blood and the nudity, just respond: but I'm learning!
Next week, you can catch up on the first eight episodes. Do so.