Ep 1: The Stolen Eagle
52 B.C.: Eager to return to Rome after eight long years of war,
Gaius Julius Caesar ends his campaign with a resounding triumph in
Gaul - and news of a shattering personal loss at home. When
his army's gold standard is stolen, Caesar's cousin and commander
Mark Antony enlists two soldiers, Centurion Lucius Vorenus and
Legionnaire Titus Pullo, to track it down.
Despite their differences, the two make a formidable duo, and elevate themselves by retrieving more than just the missing standard. In Rome, Caesar's old friend Pompey Magnus is counseled by Cato, Cicero, Scipio and other old-guard members of the Senate, who worry that Caesar's popularity among the masses will rattle the patrician status quo, along with their wealth and power.
Pompey too has experienced a personal loss, which Caesar's niece, Atia, looks to assuage though an offering of her already-married daughter Octavia. Careful to play both sides of an escalating power struggle, Atia sends Caesar a grand token of her esteem, hand-delivered after a perilous journey by her 11-year-old son Octavian.