Cleopatra arrives in Rome to pay her respects to Caesar – and to attempt to get her young son legitimized. The Egyptian Queen’s arrival intrigues Mark Antony and rankles Atia, who barely tolerates her new rival and Servilia during a fete. Called off a grisly mission at the last minute, Timon returns home to find his brother Levi has unexpectedly arrived from Jerusalem, his distain for all things Roman intact. Meanwhile, Erastes’ death has plunged the Aventine Collegium, and Rome’s river commerce, into chaos. In an effort to restore order, Mark Antony orders Vorenus to assume Erastes’ captaincy, and he and Pullo bully the warring gangs into an uneasy truce. Frustrated by Mark Antony in his attempt to secure his inheritance, Octavian takes out a loan to pay off Caesar’s promise to the people, angering his mother and especially Mark Antony, who refuses the boy’s offer of a power-sharing strategic alliance. The confrontation leads to Octavian leaving Rome.
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