Despite a short run of only two seasons, Rome (which can be streamed on HBO Now) managed to imbue a number of characters, both real and fictional, with both a deep sense of loyalty to the republic and also a seemingly insatiable thirst for power. As they tear the growing empire apart due to their desire to grab a piece, a few characters managed to rise above the fray through whatever means necessary. On a show with a complex view of heroism, here are a few who managed to leave their mark, for better or for worse, ranked from least to most heroic.
Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) may seem like an obvious choice for the number one spot, but his violent temper is a mark against him. Vorenus is torn between his duty as a member of Caesar’s army and what he owes to his family, and because of that war within himself, he is prone to personal failure. However, he is also a man that learns from his mistakes and constantly seeks an honorable path. In a world full of people seeking personal gain through the building of an empire, Vorenus ultimately just wants to live a quiet life with his family. But he will also beat the hell out of you in hand to hand combat.
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