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Ágora (written and directed by your favourite LGBT Spanish director Alejandro Amenábar) is a movie portraying the life of the the female philosopher Hypatia (played by Rachel Weisz), from the destruction of Alexandria to her death at the hands of fanatical Christians. It takes a number of liberties with the history it's trying to depict, so take it with a grain of salt.


Agora provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Christians in the movie are genuinely good people...unless you belong to any religion but theirs.
  • All Jews Are Ashkenazi: Probably the main fault of the movie was to portray Jews as caucasian.
  • All Monks Know Kung Fu: All monks (parabolani) know how to stone you to death, skin you alive and generally kill you in the most unpleasant ways.
  • A Mother To Her Students: Or, in Orestes and Davus' case, actually a Love Interest.
  • You Fail History Forever: See Hollywood History.
  • As The Bad Book Says: Cyril quotes passages from the Bible to turn the mob against Orestes, specifically quoting verses that state women should be submissive to men, which led the mob to consider Hypatia a witch and kill her.
  • The Bad Guy Wins
  • The Bible
  • Bishounen: Bishop Synesius of Cyrene, played by the British actor Rupert Evans, a rare case of a western example.
  • Church Militant
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The Christians and Jews dress mostly in black or grey (with some clerical orders using white) while pagans use white. Fun fact: none are truly good; in fact, the only colour associated with good is red, which is both used by the Roman army and Hypatia herself after Alexandria's library's demise. Justified because its historically accurate.
  • Corrupt Church: Subverted; its not corrupt, but very fanatical.
  • Easy Evangelism: How Davus the slave became Christian.
  • The Empire: Literally, since its the Roman Empire we're talking about.
  • Mr. Fanservice
    • Rachel Weisz could be considered Testosterone Brigade Bait.
  • Faith Heel Turn
  • Foreign Looking Font: On the posters it overlaps shockingly with Did Not Do the Research because the psuedo-Grecian font uses Lambdas in place of Latin alphabet 'A's or Alphas in Greek meaning that if we ignore the fact that a Latin alphabet 'R' is used in place of the correct Greek Rho (which looks like a 'P') and that a Latin 'G' is used in place of a Greek Gamma then the film's title reads; LGORL.
  • The Heretic: Hypatia, after paganism became illegal.
    • Considering she was a principled atheist ("You do not question what you believe; you cannot. I must."), she was technically a heretic from the beginning.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: Hypatia, an ardent pagan in Real Life becomes something of an agnostic or atheist in the film (presumably so the faith vs. science controversy will be clear). This allows her to use empirical reasoning, which in real life was contrary to her school of thought and religion. Consequently, she is shown making astronomical advances which rely on these methods (despite there being no contemporary evidence tying her to these advances in Real Life).
  • Hollywood History: There was no second Great Library, Hypatia was killed because she was a supporter of a rival politician instead of for religious reasons, and her side wasn't nearly so blameless, either.
    • But there was a Serapeum in which was housed an academy (and it is mentioned that the great library burned to the ground, and the Serapeum contains texts rescued from the blaze) and Hypatia's death was engineered by someone with political motives but carried out by people with a religious axe to grind.
    • Hypatia was actually well-respected by everyone in the community, including Christians, and pretty much everyone was horrified by the news of her death.
  • Hollywood Old: Hypatia, looking like 30 even at the last part of the movie when the real Hypatia was over 60. (Rachel Weisz was nearly 40 at the time of filming, too.)
    • Other sources identified Hypatia's age to be about 40, and given the liberties taken by the film, maybe they even deliberately made her younger.
  • Hot Teacher: Hypatia fits the description of this trope most closely, with her student Orestes and her slave/research assistant Davus falling in love/lust with her. (You might think she'd be listed as a Hot Librarian or Hot Scientist, but she doesn't really fit those tropes as defined on this wiki.)
  • Karma Houdini: Cyril eventually came to be remembered as a saint, despite how horrible his actions were.
  • Knight Templar
  • Love Triangle / Two Guys and a Girl: Hypatia, Orestes and Davus.
  • Mercy Kill: Davus asphyxiates Hypatia so she wouldn't have to suffer a much more painful death by stoning at the hands of the other parabolani.
  • Near-Rape Experience: Davus manages to stop himself during his attack on Hypatia, and offers his knife to her, expecting to be killed. Instead, she gives him his freedom.
  • Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: The whole reason Christians started slaughtering pagans and later Jews. Subverted because Christians are obviously as religious as the others were.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: The film contains a number of myths about Hypatia and the Library of Alexandria that are so common in pop-culture that the real history sounds implausible to many people.
    • To what degree the movie is guilty of spreading historical myths is, however, somewhat open to debate.
  • Shameful Strip: The mob strips Hypatia naked before they try to stone her.
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