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A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Weisz ... Hypatia
Max Minghella ... Davus
Oscar Isaac ... Orestes
Ashraf Barhom ... Ammonius
Michael Lonsdale ... Theon
Rupert Evans ... Synesius
Homayoun Ershadi ... Aspasius
Sami Samir Sami Samir ... Cyril (as Sammy Samir)
Richard Durden ... Olympius
Omar Mostafa Omar Mostafa ... Isidorus
Manuel Cauchi ... Theophilus
Oshri Cohen ... Medorus
Charles Thake Charles Thake ... Hesiquius
Harry Borg Harry Borg ... Prefect Evragius
Yousef 'Joe' Sweid ... Peter (as Yousef Sweid)
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Storyline

Alexandria, 391 AD: Hypatia teaches astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy. Her student Orestes is in love with her, as is Davus, her personal slave. As the city's Christians, led by Ammonius and Cyril, gain political power, the institutions of learning may crumble along with the governance of slavery. Jump ahead 20 years: Orestes, the city's prefect, has an uneasy peace with the Christians, led by Cyril. A group from the newly empowered Christians has now taken to enforce their cultural hegemony zealously; first they see the Jews as their obstacle, then nonbelievers. Hypatia has no interest in faith; she's concerned about the movement of celestial bodies and "the brotherhood of all". Although her former slave doesn't see it that way. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Alexandria, Egypt. 391 A.D. The World Changed Forever


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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Spain | Malta | Bulgaria

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 2009 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Агора See more »

Filming Locations:

Delimara, Malta See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,262, 30 May 2010

Gross USA:

$619,423

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,041,505
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Originally, Alejandro Amenábar wanted Rachel Weisz, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jonathan Rhys Meyers to appear in the film. After reading the screenplay, Baron Cohen turned the part down, declaring it "too prickly, and it would lift sores." See more »

Goofs

The film refers to Hypatia as an atheist. She was a Neoplatonist, adhering to a philosophy of contemplation towards perfection. This idealistic monism sought truths from any worthy source, including pagan and Christian worship. See more »

Quotes

Heladius Dignitary: The majority of us here... have accepted Christ. Why not the rest of you? It's only a matter of time and you know it.
Hypatia: Really? It is just a matter of time?... As far as I am aware, your God has not yet proved himself to be more just or more merciful than his predecessors. Is it really just a matter of time before I accept your faith?
Heladius Dignitary: Why should this assembly accept the council of someone who admittedly believes in absolutely nothing?
Hypatia: I believe in philosophy.
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Edited into Alexandria: The Greatest City (2010) See more »

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Agora
17 September 2010 | by sukhij25See all my reviews

What a great movie. Truly inspirational. So many sides to this movie. It depicts the biography of whom I understood as the mother of Science, Hepatia. And also the effect of religion ( Or dare I say of Christianity) to the progress of human intellect and also the conflict between Human intellect and stupid faith. And love of a young slave with his mistress. And I cannot say I love one aspect more than the other. As a student who have studied science his whole academic life and who is still fascinated about the cosmos, this movie is so inspirational because it shows how great people fatigues their minds to come up with the knowledge that is common knowledge to us all now. Some say that thinking of the stars, what really happens in this world and what happens in the cosmos is no really concern of ours because in our day to day life we never get to use that knowledge. But what if we all think like that then such philosophies that gave birth to our modern sciences would have been for nothing. To know that we also share the passion, the passion of those great philosophers like hepatia in finding out the mysteries of the universe, is truly something. To ignore that passion and say that we don't want it is to disgrace the progress of science.

I think one of the greatest crimes in human history is depicted in this movie the great burning of the library of Alexandria. This is only one of the incidents that has shapes our history or, more accurately, mutilated our history. Such incidents has caused the demise of the progress and set back the steady succession of the development of science. And for what . In the name of religion. All in the name of effing religion. I stand down here.

I'm so grateful that Rachel Weisz starred in this masterpiece. I still would have watched it. But her appearance certainly increased the chances. And overall this was well made. One of the best historical documentary movies I should say. One other such movie comes to my mind while vomit comes up to my throat. Alexander. Gosh I hated that movie. This movie is Golden compared to that piece of crap.


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