The next and last film in the Clerical Exile in Late Antiquity/Sheffield Classical Association film series will be Agora on 25 April, in the Film Unit at 6pm (this time, the entire film will be screened).
Alejandro Amenábar's 2009 film is a poignant reminder of the antiquity and troubled history of the Christian community in Egypt which recent events have shown continues to this day.
It follows the story of Hypatia, a female philosopher in Alexandria in late fourth-century Roman Egypt whose life is about to become a struggle for the survival of an old world system. Witness Hypatia's tragic life - based on historical events - which the film uses to illustrate a perceived clash between triumphant Christianity and the traditions of Roman and Hellenistic culture, and between religion and science.
The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Dr Richard Flower, Senior Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter. Richard is an expert on fourth-century Christianity and religious conflict.
You can collect your free ticket here:
The film club is accompanied by a book club. The next novel we'll be reading is Evelyn Waugh's Helena, Waugh's only historical novel and the book he himself liked best.
Waugh's portrait of the mother of Constantine, the first Roman emperor converted to Christianity, is one of a woman who was determined to give Christianity a material past, beyond just text and myth -- the first archaeologist in History so to speak!
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The book club will meet at the University Arms, 10 May, 5-7pm.