Pharsalus
Episode 7 of 12 within Season One. Item 7 of 23 overall.
David Frankel - Writer
Tim van Patten - Director
8.02
43 votes

Pompey gambles by going on the offensive and engaging an outnumbered Caesar in Greece; rough waters strand Vorenus and Pullo in the Adriatic Sea; and Atia sends her daughter on another errand to Servilia's.

original airdate--October 9,2005

Time frame--Summer of 48 BC (battle of Pharsalus on August 9) through September 28, 48 BC

Setting--Greece (Pharsalus), Rome, and Ptolemaic Egypt

Trivia--Most historians agree that if Pompey had held back and let Caesar's army starve, Imperial Rome would never have appeared.

  • According to history, when Caesar captured Pompey's camp he found that it was already decorated for a party to celebrate Caesar's defeat.
Goof--When Pompey is explaining the battle of Pharsalus to Lucius Vorenus he says that his cavalry was repulsed by a single cohort of Caesar's reserve infantry. According to history, Caesar's reserves in that battle totaled nine cohorts.

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