How accurate is the tv series Rome?
HBO Rome is a tragedy because like WE COULD HAVE HAD IT ALL. Clearly a lot of research went into the world itself- it /looks/ like first century BC Rome, there’s so much detail in every inch of the scenery, in the costuming and the sets. But when it comes to the actual historical events, and especially the historical figures…. liberties are taken. It gets complicated and stupid also when they decide to change things based on the protagonists having to Forrest Gump their way through the political events of the late Republic. Caesar’s plot is perhaps the most ‘accurate’ but a lot of things are … changed for the worse.
They leave out a lot of important characters and events too, I don’t think you can tell Antony’s story during the 40s BC without Fulvia, i DEFINITELY don’t think you can tell Brutus’s story without Porcia, and to start the show in 52 BC without once mentioning Clodius or his murder despite the (generally well-done) emphasis on class inequality within Rome is particularly infuriating to me. I stil can’t believe HBO of all networks didn’t love Fulvia, HBO decided not to adapt the Perusine war or the Fulvia-stabbing Cicero’s tongue thing from Dio and that’s just wild to me. Along with the general historical ‘inaccuracies’ Almost everyone’s characterization is very… off with Octavia being one of the most egregious examples. I’m not even going to mention the incest bc that scene still Haunts me
so in short Not very lol.