Re: HBO's Rome's Augustus
Considering Augustus exiled the majority of his family for their loose morals once he was Emperor, I think the perverse nature of his characterisation is probably not too acurate. But, I would be willing to believe the cold and calculated nature of the actors portrayl more than Brian Blessed's loveable uncle depiction in I, Caludius.
That's not to knock Brian Blessed, or I, Claudius which, in terms of storytelling, is far superior to Rome. You just have to see past the aged sets.