Heroes of the Republic
Season Two
Number 17
Date Aired February 11, 2007
Writer Mere Smith
Director Alik Sakharov
Previous Testudo et Lepus
(The Tortoise and the Hare)
Next Philippi
Time frame c. 43 BC

Vorenus and his family return to the Collegium with his family. Octavian is denied a triumph. Octavian takes both Cicero and the Senate by surprise with his first Consular act. Vorenus attempts' to make peace with Memmio and Cotta create suspicions that he has gone soft.


The struggle in Rome continues as Octavian, the new Caesar, with his army at the city's borders, establishes himself as consul to the senate with the reluctant help of Cicero. Meanwhile, Vorenus returns to Rome with his rescued children. Secretly, the children wish to run away. The children steal some of Vorenus' money and run off to their aunt Lyde who insists that they return to their father and, at least, pretend to love and forgive him even after what he has done to their mother. Vorenus makes peace with his rival gangs at a great loss, but informs Pullo that even though the others may think they're "going soft", they will rebuild their forces. At an orgy, Agrippa abducts Octavia and returns her home to Atia.

After Atia fumes at Octavia for going to an orgy, Agrippa confesses his love for Octavia who is stunned as he walks out. Octavian, who had promised to heed Cicero's advice as consul, uses intimidation to pass a motion in the Senate declaring Brutus and Cassius enemies of the state. Cicero, mortified by Octavian's tactics and the fact he has, in his own words "been outmaneuvered by a child", sends a letter to Brutus, asking for help. In the east, Brutus is encouraged by the news, and plans to take advantage of the conflict between Mark Antony and Octavian by letting them fight it out, and then returning to Rome just as their forces have dwindled. Cicero tells Octavian that Brutus is coming to Rome with "20 legions", which puts Octavian, who is left with 4 legions, in a dangerous position. Octavian must turn to his mother for help. Atia, accompanied by her son and his army, rides to Gaul, where she greets Mark Antony. She succeeds in convincing Mark Antony to become Octavian's ally, to ensure that they can defeat Brutus' approaching army.

Titus Pullo swears to his wife, Eirene, that he would save her before Vorenus. As the friends and children sit down for dinner, Vorenus' eldest daughter Vorena gives out stew and thanks her father for his compliments. As the camera pans downward, we see her making the Corna (the "horns" hand gesture) behind her back, revealing her dishonesty.



Vorenus: These are my daughters, redeemed from slavery. The eldest has been prostituted, the boy is my wife's child by another man. You will treat them with the respect and kindness - or I will know the reason why.

[Following Octavian's proposal to name Brutus and Cassius enemies of the state]
Octavian: My father died on this floor. Right there. Stabbed 27 times, butchered by men he called his friends. Who will tell me that is not murder? [Several soldiers enter the Senate hall as the Senators mutter angrily] Who will tell my legions, who love Caesar as I do, that that is not murder?! [the soldiers draw their swords. Silence falls] Who will speak against the motion?

[After Octavian uses his position as Consul for his own ends]
Tyro: Some willow tea, perhaps?
Cicero: Henbane, more like. I've been outmaneuvered by a child.