[[caption-width-right:306:Studying what would be lost for centuries]]
''Ágora'' (written and directed by your favourite LGBT Spanish director Alejandro Amenábar) is a movie portraying the life of the female philosopher Hypatia (played by RachelWeisz), 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:
* AffablyEvil: Christians in the movie are genuinely good people... unless you belong to any religion but theirs.
* AllJewsAreAshkenazi: Probably the main fault of the movie was to portray Jews as Caucasian.
* AllMonksKnowKungFu: All monks (Parabolani) know how to stone you to death, skin you alive and generally kill you in the most unpleasant ways.
* [[AsTheGoodBookSays As The Bad Book Says]]: Cyril quotes passages from the Bible to turn the mob against Orestes, specifically quoting verses that state [[StayInTheKitchen women should be submissive]] to men, which led the mob to consider Hypatia a witch and kill her.
* CorruptChurch: Subverted; it's not corrupt, but very fanatical.
* EasyEvangelism: How Davus the slave became Christian.
* TheEmpire: Literally, since its the Roman Empire we're talking about.
* AFatherToHisMen: A Mother To Her Students, that is. Or, in Orestes and Davus' case, actually a LoveInterest.
* ForeignLookingFont: On the posters, the pseudo-Greek 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.
* GoodColoursEvilColours: 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.
* TheHeretic: 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.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Hypatia, an ardent pagan in RealLife 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 [[http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/10-07-28/#feature 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 RealLife).
* HollywoodHistory: 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. Whether the Serapeum actually carried any rescued books is highly questionable though, as contemporary evidence suggests [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_of_Alexandria#Attack_of_Aurelian.2C_3rd_century the collection was considered a thing of the past by 378 C.E.]] and Socretes, no enemy of knowledge, only mentioned religious artifacts being destroyed by the Christians, not books. Hypatia was actually well-respected by everyone in the community, including Christians, and pretty much everyone was horrified by the news of her death.
* HollywoodOld: 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.
* HotTeacher: 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 HotLibrarian or HotScientist, but she doesn't really fit those tropes as defined on this wiki.)
* KarmaHoudini: Cyril eventually came to be remembered as a saint, despite how horrible his actions were.
* KnightTemplar: the parabolani.
* LoveTriangle / TwoGuysAndAGirl: Hypatia, Orestes and Davus.
* MercyKill: Davus asphyxiates Hypatia so she wouldn't have to suffer a much more painful death by stoning at the hands of the other parabolani.
* NearRapeExperience: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: The whole reason Christians started slaughtering pagans and later Jews. Subverted because Christians are obviously as religious as the others were.
* PrettyBoy: Bishop Synesius of Cyrene, played by the British actor RupertEvans
* RealityIsUnrealistic: The film contains [[http://armariummagnus.blogspot.com/2009/05/agora-and-hypatia-hollywood-strikes.html a number]] [[http://armariummagnus.blogspot.com/2009/05/agora-and-hypatia-hollywood-strikes.html 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 [[http://richardcarrier.blogspot.com/2010/08/agora-review.html open to debate]].
* ShamefulStrip: The mob strips Hypatia naked before they try to stone her.