The movie Agora celebrates Hypatia, the martyred fourth-century philosopher. She was stoned and flayed and dragged through the agora, the public gathering place, by Christians prescribing faith, punishing inquiry. We also celebrate Rachel Weisz for her wonderful portrayal: and Alejandro Amenábar and his whole international team of geniuses, artists, craftsmen, bankers who somehow had it come about and look great.
Hypatia in Alexandria
more pictures below
I posted a dozen or more responses to the movie and to the subject last summer, then I revised them, making new messes. All that text I’m reassembling. Meantime I repost graphics below, and will edit the prose in an effort to cohere the whole.
Agora, Amenábar’s Alexandria under the “Pagans”
The city itself, as the team reconstructs it, imagines it, is also a hero of the film. Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great, governed by his buddy, the general Ptolemy, first of the long line of Greek kings ruling Egypt, all under the name Ptolemy. Cleopatra was a great etc granddaughter, married to her brother, a Ptolemy. The city had been cosmopolitan from the beginning: mutli-cultured, multi-languaged, multi-raced … multi-religioned.
(Manufactured) god Serapis
(sculptor Emma Hanson)
I’ll fix this image
(trying to rescuing a few scrolls as the library is attacked)
Cynesius becomes the Bishop of Cyrene
Other graphics, not from Agora, I leave in their context.
I had a similar paroxysm of Chrisitan indignation at Knatz.com when Mel Gibson’s Passion was released: I posted dozens of responses in short order. I’ll resuscitate those at pKnatz blog after I reweave this Agora material.
Web vets will understand why I trouble to separate images from text: images are slow, I want posts that load before the viewer forgets what he clicked for.