Sunday, April 10, 2011

The story of Hypatia

RAW fans interested in diversity of spiritual expression, paganism or free speech should know about the story of Hypatia, a Greek philosopher (and notably, a woman) in Alexandria about 400 AD, when the Roman Empire, by then decisively Christian, was stamping out paganism and all that went with it (such as an interest in classical literature and philosophy.) My wife and I just watched "Agora," a movie about Hypatia released last year.

There are things one can nitpick -- as in all movies about the later Roman Empire, Roman soldiers are anachronistically depicted carrying weapons and wearing armor more characteristic of the times of Jesus Christ -- but the movie in general is surprisingly accurate in its depiction of events.

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