Monday, January 24, 2011

Women philosophers: Hypatia of Alexandria

Official Agora Trailer English HD

I saw this movie on the weekend.  It was engaging and inspiring.  It was entertaining yet disturbing. Of course, the producers and writers used some creative license to weave the main plot and main characters together while maintaining the message of a woman who symbolized learning and science, caught in the middle of religious tensions. 
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See the movie if you can.


1 comment:

  1. I saw Agora when it first came out in NYC and loved Weisz' performance as Hypatia. I thought the film was beautifully shot, a bit uneven, but a wonderful exploration of modern themes in a historical context. I'm glad you pointed out that it's a fictionalized version of Hypatia's life. Many folks forget that is the artist's way of making a point and believe it's all true. For more about the historical Hypatia, I recommend a very readable biography Hypatia of Alexandria by Maria Dzielska (Harvard University Press, 1995). I also have a series of posts on the historical events and characters in the film at my blog - not a movie review, just a "reel vs. real" discussion.