Agora tells the true story of 4th century astronomer and philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria. While all her works and theories were destroyed, the film gives the impression (though is clear not be definitive) that she was one of the people who not only pondered the stars, but was one of the early theorists who figured out the relationship between the earth and the sun.
Hypatia was part of the elite, and even though she was a woman, she was accepted as a scholar within pagan society. But as Christianity spread through Alexandria the pagans were forced to convert or be killed and Hypatia, who worshiped science, refused to succumb to religious pressure.
That’s where the film really gets interesting. As religious fundamentalism spreads women are relegated to subservient roles and must accept biblical teachings. Hypatia refuses. She is branded a witch and I don’t need to tell you what happens to a woman when she is called a witch. Nothing good.
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