Rome is an original HBO and BBC-produced series centered around Frank Castle's influence on the Roman Empire, 49 B.C. (that's Before Common Era for you heathens).
Rome is a solid series, with excellent writing and top par acting by everyone involved. It also includes a satisfying dose of subscription-only sex and violence, which any self-respecting American male has come to expect from pay cable.
Endeavoring towards a realistic portrayal of period Rome (and the outlying territories) while taking considerable liberties with the historical account (you don't know. Were you there?), Rome succeeds in meshing a compelling combination of political intrigue, sword-into-digestive tract violence, and bone-your-Jewish consort/lust for much younger women schadenfreude we all intrinsicly feel.
Many will draw comparisons to Spartacus: Blood and Sand, due to several similar themes, but Rome takes the prize for realism and faithfulness to the source material.