Agora, set 1600 years ago, centers around riots in the Egyptian city of Alexandria between government and mob. Between conservatives and fundamentalists. Sound familiar?
This excellent novel was a bestseller in the 1960s and that in of itself is a sad testament to the intellectual decline of the American reader. Its a novelized biography of the fourth century Roman Emperor Julian, known as The Apostate.
It’s interesting that in the last year or so there have been two movies about the Roman legion “lost” in North Britain during the Hadrianic period. It just goes to prove that Hollywood loves to copy. Two volcano movies? Two Wyatt Earp films? Two Lambada films? And, to boot, it’s unlikely the legion was actually “lost” (as in militarily). More likely it was just disbanded and the sketchy historical record makes it seem to have disappeared.
Ben was a pretty amazing guy, as influential in his own wry way as any man in history. And he didn’t kill thousands or conquer nations doing it. Ben was a man of rare genius. And he’s depicted here with all his very human faults. But fundamentally he was a spirit of curiosity, optimism, energy, and general good intentions.
On Friday, Nov 19, 2010 we went to a special event at the Getty Villa. The Making of a Satyr Play Villa Education presents a workshop on Sophocles‘ play Trackers, the second most completely preserved script of a satyr play, featured…