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Thursday Movie Picks: Ancient World

It's Thursday again which only means it's time for another episode of Thursday Movie Picks, the weekly series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves where you share three movies to fit the theme of the week each Thursday.

I've always loved Ancient history, but the truth is I haven't seen a lot of films set in this time period - which is 3600 BC - 500 AD -, therefore my dream of picking three movies set in ancient Greece or ancient Rome didn't come through. However, I still was able to find three good films with everything, there's Greece, Rome and Egypt.

Hercules (1997)

The son of Zeus is turned into a half-god and half-mortal and he's raised by mortals. Years later, he finds out that he is the son of a God and that in order to reclaim his immortality he must become a hero. This was one of my favourite Disneys when I was a kid and still is because it's so fun and the songs are great.

Gladiator (2000)

After being betrayed and seeing his family murdered, Maximus Decimus Meridias is taken into slavery and trained as a gladiator, and he lives only to someday take his revenge. I haven't seen this in ages, but it is a fantastic epic film.

Agora (2009)

Although many say it's a biography of Hypatia of Alexandria, it is more the story of a slave who becomes a Christian in the hope of pursuing freedom and falls in love with his mistress, the philosopher and mathematician Hypatia of Alexandria. As you can tell the plot is a mess, but I believe the purpose of this film was to show the conflict between human intellect and faith and that it does good. 

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Thursday Movie Picks: Ancient World


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