After watching Rome Season 1, Engineering an Empire on History Channel, and yes, even Sparticus Blud and Sand I think I can safely say that Rome is my favorite ancient place/civilzation/culture, eclipsing even my deep love of pre-Columbian South America.
I reached this epiphany this weekend because I insisted on seeing The Eagle, forever giving up the oppurtunities to see Black Swan or The King's Speech in theaters.
The Eagle is a good movie, though sadly more about ancient Britain than Rome ( The same way Apocalyptico was more about rainforest tribes than the Maya) it still had a Roman main character and was all about Roman stuff. Just go see it. It's NOT the mindless action in ancienty times that was hoping for, it was more sublte and all about honor, and friendship and loyalty and all that. I was sort of hoping for more Sporticus-esque action but I think I'll have to go watch Sparticus: Gods of the Arena for that. But The Eagle is worth it! Good movie!
Oh, and Rome season 2 is on my Netflix queue somewhere! Right now I'm trying to watch Hyper-Police (old skool anime) but disc one quit playing after ep. 1.