The women of Ancient Rome take over the small screen

The women of Ancient Rome take over the small screen


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Cicero, Julius Caesar, Trajan, Hadrian, Nerva, Caligula, Comfortable, Caracalla. All, of course, men.

The saying goes that history is written by the victors and these, usually, tend to be men. Or that is what they have told us throughout the centuries.

There are few documentary sources in which we find a female figure as the protagonist: we know the path of the strategy that Cleopatra followed as the last pharaoh of Egypt, the determination of Hypatia of Alexandria in the study of the universe or the tenacity with which Elizabeth the Catholic reigned in Castile.

This shortage of documents, at least a priori, we has led to the assumption that the role of women in a good part of ancient civilizations was resigned to housework and caring for the weakest.

Fortunately, in recent years a great historiographic, cultural and social trend has been revealed that deals with give voice to all those female figures that were ignored by chroniclers and historians despite having played a key role in the future of his time. Rome had a large number of these women and thanks to Movistar + now we can get to know them.

The payment platform is currently working on "The heart of the Empire" a project signed by the writer Santiago Posteguillo that will delve into the role of women in Ancient Rome.

It is not the first time, nor probably the last, that a payment chain decides to bet on a project that revolves around the Roman Empire; the expectation that Roman society generates in the spectator, the one to which we owe such current issues as bridges, underfloor heating and even some of today's casino games, is transformed into impressive audience data.

However, it is one of the first times that the production focuses on the female sphere and not in the masculine.

Posteguillo, winner in 2018 of the Planeta Award with "I, Julia", a novel that deals with the life of Empress Julia Domna, is behind this project that has the support of the Globalset production company and that will be directed by Israel of the Holy, already known on the platform for his work in "Pathfinders: Adventum".

This new Movistar + proposal, which is expected to hit the small screen next year, combines fiction and documentary and will be divided into a total of six chapters.

The production will be set in the Ides of March, at which time Julius Caesar was assassinated in the Senate by a group of senators opposed to his policy.

However, instead of telling this historical event from the point of view of Julius Caesar himself or one of these senators, the fiction will focus on how this event changed the lives of nine women at nine different moments in history.

In this way we will meet Julia Maesa, related to Julia Domna and first woman to serve in the Senate and, therefore, to control the policy of the Empire.

The veteran actress Aitana Sánchez-Gijón will be in charge of giving life to this woman who stood out for her intelligence. Sara Escacena, for her part, will play Fulvia, popularly known for having been the lover of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius but whose role in the politics of Rome was decisive, so much so that she became the first woman whose effigy appeared on the coins of the Empire.

Although Julia Mesa and Fulvia came from the patrician aristocracy of Rome, the series will not only focus on women from a well-off position.

In this way, Erika Sanz, Joana Pastrana and María Granada will give life to Achilia, Amazona and Ania three gladiators who managed to lift the audience of the Circus Maximus with emotion during their fights.

Because yes, there were female gladiators and some were even granted the honor of having their own statue.

More complex is the role assumed by the actress Alba Luna. The young woman will give life to Heliogabalus, an emperor of the Severa dynasty who was assassinated when he was only 18 years old for his sexual orientation, and the descendant of Julia Mesa is considered today as the first transsexual woman ever.

Jennifer Bucovineanu will be in charge of representing a virgin vestaHe, young Roman women devoted to the goddess Vesta and taking care that the flame of her temples never goes out, while Carolina Garrido will put herself in the shoes of Livia Drusila, one of the most influential women when practicing as advisor to the emperor. Inti el Meskine will be Cleopatra in this documentary-tinged fiction, a woman who needs no introduction.

At the moment, and as we have already mentioned previously, the exact date of the premiere of the production is unknown but everything indicates that it will become a success among history lovers for offering a vision of it little known until the moment.


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