AGORA is one of our most favorite movies here in the office. It tells the story of ancient Alexandria and is dear to our hearts. Rome and Athens carried the load and legacy of democracy and governance in the period depicted by the film. The city of Alexandria coveted and loved knowledge, as its polar opposite. It was the first Great City, before the founding of MILANO.
In this landscape, lived Hypatia. She was a woman ahead of her time. A teacher, philosopher, mathematician, astrologer poet, and lover of the arts. She was famous and died tragically by the hands of ignorant men, who were threatened by her genius. The movie has a powerful scene, when the mob destroys the last remaining annex of the Great Library of Alexandria. The modern equivalent, would be the destruction of the Internet and most of the books on the planet. The dumb and idiots would rule, after that. Not good for the future growth of humankind. If the two libraries survived, many historians and technologists say we would have went to The Moon in the 1400s. Wow!!!
Stop ignorance in its tracks. The parallels of what occurred in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6th are shocking and telling. Let’s always strive for the goals and ideals of the Library of Alexandria. That is the focus and part of the magazine’s DNA and knowledge mantra.
We end ANCIENTS MONTH with a history lesson. Does history repeat itself? Our answer, sometimes; but it takes good people to not make it so. Try to be one of the “GOOD PEOPLE.” The people that want knowledge and betterment of the human race.
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VIDEO: Courtesy of MOVIE CLIPS. Video Essay, courtesy of HISTORY BUFFS.
ABOUT THE FILM: AGORA (2009)
Agora (Spanish: Ágora) is a 2009 Spanish English-language historical drama film directed by Alejandro Amenábar and written by Amenábar and Mateo Gil. The biopic stars Rachel Weisz as Hypatia, a female mathematician, philosopher and astronomer in late 4th-century Roman Egypt, who investigates the flaws of the geocentric Ptolemaic system and the heliocentric model that challenges it. Surrounded by religious turmoil and social unrest, Hypatia struggles to save the knowledge of classical antiquity from destruction. Max Minghella co-stars as Davus, Hypatia’s father’s slave, and Oscar Isaac as Hypatia’s student, and later prefect of Alexandria, Orestes. The story uses historical fiction to highlight the relationship between religion and science amidst the decline of Greco-Roman polytheism and the Christianization of the Roman Empire. The title of the film takes its name from the agora, a gathering place in ancient Greece, similar to the Roman forum. The film was produced by Fernando Bovaira and shot on the island of Malta from March to June 2008. Justin Pollard, co-author of The Rise and Fall of Alexandria (2007), was the historical adviser for the film.
Agora was screened out of competition at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in May, and opened in Spain on October 9, 2009 becoming the highest grossing film of the year for that country. Although the film had difficulty finding distribution, it was released country by country throughout late 2009 and early 2010. The film received a 53% overall approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes and seven Goya Awards in Spain, including Best Original Screenplay. It was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
THE STORMING OF THE LIBRARY AS DEPICTED IN AGORA (Must see film!):
WILL HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF????