Monday, January 11, 2010

Movie Monday: Agora

Still not much on the new movie radar this week, so lets talk about a movie for which we have no local release date yet: Agora (2009). The movie tells the story of astronomer-philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria (played by Rachel Weisz) and her relationship with her slave Davus (Max Minghella), who is torn between his love for his mistress and the possibility of gaining his freedom by joining the rising tide of Christianity. We are shown the event that happened in Alexandria, Egypt, in the year 391 C.E. and of which we still know today: the destruction of the Library of Alexandria by Christian Emperor Theodosius I.

So what was in fashion at the end of the 4th century? For men, a tunic and a toga (6 metres of wool wrapped around the body), and for women, a stola (long robe) and a palla (mantle or shawl).

Photo from
Agora Trailer - Agora Pictures

If it's not too cold by the time this movie comes out at a theatre near me, I might go in my chiton and himation (which you know as my Circe Costume). Sure, that costume is Greek and not Roman, but they are somewhat similar, and besides, I'll be the only one to know.

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