History

Julius Caesar: The Making of a Dictator

The dramatic story of how nearly five centuries of ancient Roman democracy was overthrown in just 16 years… by one man. This is the story of a brazen, ambitious power-grab that saw Julius Caesar consolidate the vast power of Rome in his own hands.

Ides of March

54m 32s

As Caesar takes control of Rome and consolidates his grip over the Republic, his ambition turns to tyranny. A handful of senators plot to end his rule in the only way they can: by taking his life. But will it be enough to save the Republic?

Episodes

  • Ides of March: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ides of March

    S1 E3 - 54m 32s

    As Caesar takes control of Rome and consolidates his grip over the Republic, his ambition turns to tyranny. A handful of senators plot to end his rule in the only way they can: by taking his life. But will it be enough to save the Republic?

  • Veni Vidi Vici: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Veni Vidi Vici

    S1 E2 - 54m 17s

    Events beyond Caesar’s control threaten to unravel his plans, and leave him isolated. Pushed into a corner, he makes a decision that will change the course of the Republic – and western history – forever.

  • High Priest: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    High Priest

    S1 E1 - 54m 23s

    Caesar enters into dangerous alliances and bends the rules of the Republic in his bid to become Consul: the highest political position in Rome. But one man – Cato – is hellbent on bringing him down.

Extras + Features

  • Caesar Sorting Rome’s Problems: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Caesar Sorting Rome’s Problems

    S1 E3 - 2m 24s

    When Caesar returns to Rome after three years fighting a civil war against Pompey, the city is in dire straits. Caesar is made dictator for 10 years, and sets about implementing a program of reforms. He fixes Rome’s grain supply; he repairs Rome’s crumbling infrastructure, and has the Senate rebuilt. He also amends the Roman calendar – giving us the same calendar we use today.

  • Episode 3 Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 3 Preview

    S1 E3 - 30s

    As Caesar takes control of Rome and consolidates his grip over the Republic, his ambition turns to tyranny. A handful of senators plot to end his rule in the only way they can: by taking his life. But will it be enough to save the Republic?

  • Not Standing In the Forum: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Not Standing In the Forum

    S1 E3 - 2m 17s

    Caesar has been made Dictator for Ten Years. Those Senators who want to further their careers need to win favor. When a group of Senators approach Caesar to offer him yet more honors, he doesn’t behave as he should. Senators should stand to greet each other, as a show of mutual respect – but Caesar remains seated. It is symbolic of his increasing disregard for the conventions of Roman Republic.

  • Dictator for Life: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Dictator for Life

    S1 E3 - 2m 47s

    As Caesar steadily draws ever more power to himself, his position utterly undermines the founding principle of the Roman Republic - that power must be shared. As he makes plans to leave Rome and conquer Parthia, he resolves to tighten his hold on power absolutely – and is declared "dictator for life." It is the point of no return. And it seals his fate.

  • Fulvia Leads An Impromptu Funeral and the Senate Burns: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Fulvia Leads An Impromptu Funeral and the Senate Burns

    S1 E2 - 2m 8s

    Rome is in crisis – violent gangs rule the streets, and a senator called Clodius appears to be running the show. When his body is discovered, his wife Fulvia carries it to the Forum for an impromptu funeral. As the pyre burns, it sets the Senate house on fire – the most potent symbol of the Roman Republic is left in smouldering ruins.

  • The Debate Over Caesar’s Governorship: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Debate Over Caesar’s Governorship

    S1 E2 - 2m 53s

    The Senate – under the Consulship of Pompey – debates whether to recall Caesar from Gaul, exposing him to the threat of prosecution for his behavior as Consul. Caesar’s response is to demand Pompey relinquish his own command. Rome’s two most powerful generals are locked in a dangerous game of brinkmanship... and everyone fears where it might lead.

  • Conference of Luca: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Conference of Luca

    S1 E2 - 2m 13s

    Caesar engineered an alliance with Rome’s two most powerful men, Pompey and Crassus. This "triumvirate" won Caesar the consulship, and his chance to conquer Gaul. But now their grip on Rome is faltering, and Caesar calls the two men to an urgent meeting in the north of Italy. He needs to retrench the alliance, to ensure he can continue his conquest of Gaul.

  • Episode 2 Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 2 Preview

    S1 E2 - 30s

    Events beyond Caesar’s control threaten to unravel his plans, and leave him isolated. Pushed into a corner, he makes a decision that will change the course of the Republic – and western history – forever.

  • The Republic: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Republic

    S1 E1 - 2m 50s

    Julius Caesar is a middle-ranking Senator in the Roman Republic. Most countries of the time are ruled by Kings, but Rome prides itself on being governed on republican principles. Caesar, ambitious to progress his career, is determined to secure himself the most powerful position in the Senate: that of Consul.

  • The Catiline Conspiracy: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Catiline Conspiracy

    S1 E1 - 2m 19s

    Rome has been rocked by the exposure of a plot to violently overthrow the Senate. The conspirators have been captured, and the Senate must debate their fate. Caesar gambles everything on arguing for clemency.

  • Bona Dea: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Bona Dea

    S1 E1 - 2m 52s

    Caesar is Pontifex Maximus, High Priest of Rome. After a series of political setbacks, his position offers him a chance to restore his reputation. His household must host a women-only ritual in honor of the Goddess Bona Dea who looks after the safety of Rome and its people. But when a man in drag infiltrates the ceremony, it is a sacrilegious violation which threatens to derail Caesar’s career.

  • Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview

    S1 - 30s

    The dramatic story of how nearly five centuries of ancient Roman democracy was overthrown in just 16 years… by one man. This is the story of a brazen, ambitious power-grab that saw Julius Caesar consolidate the vast power of Rome in his own hands.

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