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Agora Agora

In this historical drama, set in Roman Egypt, an intellectual philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia (Rachel Weisz) examines heliocentric ideas about the universe. The early Christians were not amused by her studies and views to say the least, especially her views on religion. Hypatia, who’s character is based on a historical figure, is a noblewoman in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. She was a pioneer of modern astronomy and rational thought.

One of Hypatia’s slaves, called Davus (Max Minghella), is enchanted by Hypatia and struggles to hide his love for the intellectual professor. Davus is also tempted by the lure of Christianity. One of her pupils, named Orestes (Oscar Isaac), also has great respect for his female professor. Later Orestes, now under pressure to convert to Christianity, serves the Roman Empire in a position of authority and Davus joins the radicalized group of Christians.

Alexandria’s Jewish population and pagan aristocracy, to which Hypatia belongs, is taken over by an increasingly aggressive militant Christian population. The Christians start controlling public morality and they see the Jewish people and nonbelievers as their enemies. Hypatia shares no interest in faith but is interested in the movement of celestial bodies and the brotherhood of man.

In this historical film no religious group is entirely innocent of violence and intolerance. The film is a poignant and an awakening story of the battle of science and religion.

Released in 2009
Directed by Alejandro Amenábar
Written by Alejandro Amenábar and Mateo Gil
Starring Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella and Oscar Isaac

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Quotes for Agora:

Hypatia: “If I could just unravel this just a little bit more, and just get a little closer to the answer, then… Then I would go to my grave a happy woman.”

Agora Agora