"These Being the Words of Marcus Tullius Cicero
" is the third episode of the second season of the television series Rome
As the nomadic Brutus and Cassius struggle to raise foreign money for an army, Mark Antony sets his sights on Gaul. Cicero delivers an in-absentia message to the Senate, and then throws his support to Octavian, the new Caesar. Meanwhile, Vorenus is in a battle of his own, having provoked an all-out gang war in the Aventine Collegium. At Atia's villa, Octavia passes the hours getting intoxicated by hemp
with a nouveau riche
tradesman's daughter, while Duro (Rafi Gavron), a duplicitous youth, looks for the chance to set Servilia's deadly plan in motion.
Pullo and Vorenus
Vorenus is holding court in the Aventine when Memmio and his Greek Lieutenant Carbo come to visit him to gain his consent to punish Quintus Bubo, a man of property and respect in the Aventine. Memmio and Carbo are not satisfied with Vorenus' decision that Quintus is not to be touched. Vorenus and Pullo argue briefly after the Caelian gang have left. A short time later, Quintus is brought, gelded and bleeding, into the Collegium. Carbo has disobeyed Vorenus' order that he not be touched. Vorenus orders Pullo to find Carbo and "disrespect him the way he has disrespected me", but Pullo refuses. Vorenus sends Mascius instead.
Pullo, fearful that the reprimand will start a gang war, begs Vorenus to reconsider and let him broker a peace; however, Vorenus is... Read More