I have only one warning- there is nudity (as most Showtime/HBO shows have) and violence (think Gladiator) but...it's not gratuitous.
I got the first 2 discs from my Uni library and it just felt unbelievably real and yet personable.
I instantly got drawn to Octavian - and after checking out the actual history on Wikipedia - I can't wait to get to the rest of the episodes and move on to Season 2.
Gorgeous sets, interesting plots, magnetic characters - I remember reading Julius Caesar in high school and it just...pales in comparison. This is Rome, then.
*curses her Audio/Visual Library for being closed*