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"Bread and Circuses" was the 43rd episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, the 14th episode of the show's second season, first aired on 15 March 1968. The episode story was written by John Kneubuhl, with teleplay by Gene Roddenberry and Gene L. Coon, directed by Ralph Senensky and novelized in Star Trek 11 by James Blish.


James T. Kirk, Spock and Leonard McCoy find themselves on a 20th century Earth-like planet in which the Roman Empire has not fallen!



AchillesClifford BrentPavel ChekovDrusillaWilliam B. HarrisonJames T. KirkRoger LemliEd LeslieClaudius MarcusFlavius MaximusLeonard McCoyR.M. MerikMontgomery ScottSeptimusSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class)


Magna Roma

Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

Magna Roman EmpireFederationStarfleet
Referenced only 
Roman Empire

Technology and weaponsEdit


Materials and substancesEdit


Ranks and titlesEdit

captaincommandercommanding officercommunications officerFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officerlieutenant commanderofficerscientistscience officer

Other referencesEdit

anatomyarmbootclothingFederation membersfingerfive-year missiongovernmenthumanoidlanguagelifeformlogicmattermemorynation-stateorbitpantsquadrantraces and culturesrankspacestarstardateStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2260s)technologytitletunicuniformuniverseweaponspecial


Related storiesEdit


Video releasesEdit


published order
Previous episode:
The Trouble with Tribbles
TOS episode produced Next episode:
Journey to Babel
Previous episode:
The Ultimate Computer
TOS episode aired Next episode:
Assignment: Earth
Previous story:
Wink of an Eye
Star Trek 11
Next story:
Day of the Dove
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Pocket Next Adventure:
Mission to Horatius
Previous Adventure:
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
Journey to Babel

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