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Agora the movie out on DVD

October 25, 2010

Surely on the list of Bettany Hughes’ all time favourite films, Agora is now out on DVD available at Amazon and all good stores! I have seen it at the cinema and watched it gain on DVD and it certainly grows on you.

Although criticised by some for historical inaccuracy and taking liberties with social structures, and by others for “promoting hatred of Christians and reinforcing false clichés about the Catholic Church.”, we should perhaps celebrate the fact that movies can be made that relay the story of key events in the Roman and Byzantine empires.

Agora is a story about the female pagan philosopher Hypatia who lived in Alexandria in the late 4th century AD and her struggle with the firebrand Bishop Cyril of Alexandria. It leads to her violent death by the mob and (once again!) the destruction of the library of Alexandria (a conundrum addressed by Mike Duncan in his History of Rome 100th episode podcast – when was the library destroyed and by whom?)

Hypatia’s story was highlighted by Bettany Hughes in her recent Channel 4 programme Alexandria: The Greatest City.

Watch the movie trailer!


The official movie website is here.

Related article:

Alexandria: The Greatest City by Bettany Hughes

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  1. October 25, 2010 5:24 pm

    I saw Agora when it first came out in NYC and loved Weisz’ performance as Hypatia. Amenabar distorts some history in service to his art (the Library didn’t end that way and Synesius wasn’t a jerk), but that’s what artists do. I don’t go to the movies for history. For people who want to know more about the historical Hypatia, I highly recommend a very readable biography Hypatia of Alexandria by Maria Dzielska (Harvard University Press, 1995). I also have a series of posts on the historical events and characters in the film at my blog – not a movie review, just a “reel vs. real” discussion.

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