Been watching an HBO series that airs on Canal+ lately... Rome.
It depicts (partially made up) events that lead to Ceasars rise to the throne...
Made by the people who also made Six Feet Under, I find this one an excellent series. The depiction of Rome as a depraved state and morals being
completely different from our modern ones.
Most people assume that the Romans where a highly moral society, with higher values and finer words used.
This might be true, but only if one conciders that Higher Morals and Values isn't te same as OUR morals and values.
So far its not shown that much of Cities outside of slumareas so I cant tell if the depiction of the "nicer" areas of the State of Rome is fully
correct (what with all them marble statues being painted and so on, rather then white, which still seem to be the most common missconception).
They have picked up quite some less known tidbits that they use in this story...for instance the fact that Cato, the Senator, was the only Senator to
wear a non-traditional toga in black (the senate wore white togae with red or purple border lines depending on status and origin of Senatorship).
I hear that this one got quite some critiscism in the US for its explicit scenes, apparently one of the things concidered the worst was the first
sexual scene, in which a large part of the houshold is watching as Caesars sister Atia is having sex with a nobleman just to get a horse.
Personally I didnt find that as crude as when Marcus Antonius (Mark Anthony....bleh) gets rid of his frustration three hours outside of Rome on a
shepherd girl. With the notion from his men that he isn't shaming himself since he is not "currently under the standard". What with being next to
the road and the standard still being carried on the road....
Its more then just sex though, it is ver much like Deadwood in its crudeness and realism, but there is a whole story there that has a meaning.
Otherwise the evenings get spent on watching Red Dwarf reruns on BBC Prime, Fimbles in the morning and trying to get as much "quality time" out of
it all as possible...
But still very realistic.