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I am pleased as punch that Doc got around to this, because I really wanted to hear her reaction to it. For more on Agora--from a feminist critical point of view (surprise!) check out my Tiger Beatdown review.


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  1. MG

    C.L., I’m a little confused and maybe it’s the way I’m reading your piece, but it seems to be saying Hypatia was never a real person. Only a myth? Socrates wrote about her, as did several other scholars of their time.

    While it’s true her life story has been distorted by those looking for a matyr, I think calling the story of Hypatia, “The Myth of Hypatia” does a disservice to history, too. Authors and writers have distorted her life and what they relate is bent to fit their work’s direction.

    If you or your readers are interested in a historical view of Hypatia and what is known about her and what was going on socially and politically at that time I’m including two links from a blog written by an actual historian. He has some interesting facts and thoughts on Hypatia and Agora. Enjoy.



  2. CL Minou

    @MG: This was actually written by our dear Dr. Morbius (Notice the author pic? I just programmed that in!) so I’ll let her address it, but I don’t think her point was so much that Hypatia didn’t exist as that the stories we tell about her are myths.

  3. FLJustice

    A very thoughtful review. I saw Agora when it first came out in NYC and loved Weisz’ performance as Hypatia. Amenabar absolutely distorts history in service to his art (the Library didn’t end that way and Synesius wasn’t a jerk), but, as you point out, that’s what artists do. I don’t go to the movies for history. For people who want to know more about the historical Hypatia, I highly 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 (http://faithljustice.wordpress.com) – not a movie review, just a “reel vs. real” discussion.

  4. Dr. Morbius Post author


    Of course Hypatia was a real person, but almost everything we know about her is conjectural. Almost nothing attributed directly to her survives. The story related by Sagan is almost pure myth. The movie gets more right than Sagan, but it, too, is mostly myth. She almost certainly didn’t engage in experimental science as depicted in the movie, nor was she the “last scientist” at the library of Alexandria, which no longer existed by the time Hypatia lived.

    @CL: Yay for the author’s picture!