"Rome" is the TV series, but only from a formal point of view. Indeed, it consists of 22 series, but in fact it is a historical film, and film of amazing scope and thoughtfulness.
One of the main advantages of "Rome", in my opinion, it's lack of politicization. It is known that it suffers from the overwhelming majority of movies about antiquity, shot in the U.S. I'm talking about movies such as "Julius Caesar" with Jeremy Sisto, or "August" with Charlotte Rampling, which praises the dignity of democracy, struggle with the aristocrats of the Senate, and the history - so looms somewhere in the background.
"Rome" - the exact opposite of such films. There the emphasis is still on the history and the people doing it. And the Roman legionary troops, and the dictator, and conspirators - all the images have turned out surprisingly prominent. You can guess what the characters more sympathetic to the filmmakers, and what - at least (Octavian, for example). But the narrative is constructed in such a way that anyone can draw conclusions for themselves.
In general, drawing each image in detail what, together with enchanting (more neutral epithets here are no good) performance of the actors create an unforgettable impression on the series. I watched "Rome" twice, and during each viewing my preference varied, could not determine who is most like me - so good all the heroes. List of characters I would divide into two groups - 1) those whom I like 2) those whom I don't like. Moreover, not necessarily that the first - white and fluffy, and the second group was only villains. In "Rome" there is no clear division into good and clearly bad. For example, Atia is good or bad? She is always different. Atia conspires, attempts to poison her opponents, she is a bad mother. But the same Atia can sincerely love, and because of her and Mark Antony flirt she is forgiving everything.
Marc Anthony performed by James Pyurfoy - perhaps the most convincing film-livers of recent years. In my opinion, the culmination of the series were the last two series, and the suicide of Mark Antony and Cleopatra did not make cry unless Tin Woodman.
Another one of my favorite character - Lucius Warren (Kevin Mackid). This is again an ambiguous character, brilliantly played a warrior. It seems that the actor from birth acts in historical dramas.
I would point out is not the main, but very colorful news reader (Ian McNeice). It was he who helped to create on-screen image of a convex Rome, the city where the "sponsor of news were made by the guild of bakers". He and many other minute details paint a vivid picture absolutely the Eternal City.
In my opinion, "Rome" on a par with "Gladiator" - the best movies that have been filmed about antiquity in the last ten years.