| These Being the Words of|
Marcus Tullius Cicero
|Date Aired||January 28, 2007|
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(The Tortoise and the Hare)
|Time frame||c. 43 BC|
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.
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, a duplicitous youth, looks for the chance to set Servilia's deadly plan in motion.
- The Newsreader: In Gaul, the renegade Mark Antony has laid siege to the city of Mutina. But salvation is at hand! The Senate sends an army led by Hirtius and Pansa. The noble patriot, young Caesar Octavian joins our generals with his own legions to crush the rebels.
- Cicero: Please continue with your threats; I would hate to submit to implication alone.
- Clerk (holding up a scroll for all to see): These being the words of Marcus Tullius Cicero: (reading) When I was a young man, I defended the State. As an old man, I shall not abandon it. I give sincere thanks to Mark Antony, who has generously presented me with the most promising theme imaginable. I address you directly, Antony. Please listen as if you... as if you...
- Mark Antony: Go on...
- Clerk (shaken): "...please listen, as if you were sober and intelligent, and not a drink-sodden, sex-addled wreck."
- [Senators start leaving the Senate hall]
- Clerk: "You are certainly not without accomplishments: it is a rare man who can boast of becoming a bankrupt before even coming of age. You have brought upon us war, pestilence and destruction. You are Rome's Helen of Troy. But then... but then..."
- Mark Antony (fuming): Go on... GO ON!
- Clerk: "...a woman's role has always suited you best."
:[Antony screams in rage, and proceeds to beat the Clerk to death with the scroll. He looks up and finds the Senate completely empty.]
- Introduction from http://www.tv.com/shows/rome/episodes/