This HBO production (originally from BBC) is an epic saga centered on the brutal rivalries of Rome in the time of Julias Caesar. The story has tremendous momentum, jumping from a cast of characters ranging from Caesar himself to a few of the common plebs. The multiple storylines intertwine and unfold to show countless tales of ruthfulness and savagery, honor and sacrifice, lust and love, and of course politics and power. Casting, settings, and all the glory of ancient Rome are perfectly melded to create a fully dimensional storyline that can be watched again and again. The storyline propels around the central path of Caesar's march on Rome, his war against Pompei and the Senate, and the eventual transition of Rome from Republic to Empire. Full of wit, fantastic dialogue, and brutal battle scenes, this series truely captures the essence of the time. When this show was actively airing, it made my Sunday night and I rushed home to see it every time. The DVD box set itself is superb quality with countless additional features and commentaries.