June 26, 2009
Hypatia of Alexandria, according to Wikipedia, was born between AD 350 and 370 and lived until 415. She was a Greek scholar from Alexandria, Egypt, who is considered the first notable woman in mathematics. She also taught philosophy and astronomy.
She lived in Roman Egypt and was killed by a Christian mob who blamed her for religious turmoil. Says Wikipedia:
The Christian monks stripped her naked and dragged her through the streets to the newly Christianized Caesareum church, where she was brutally killed. Some reports suggest she was flayed with ostraca (potshards) and set ablaze while still alive, though other accounts suggest those actions happened after her death.The 2009 film, Agora, based on Hypatia's story, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. It stars Rachel Weisz and Max Minghella and was directed by Spanish-Chilean director Alejandro Amenábar. It will be released in the United States on December 18, 2009. It's a fascinating study in religious fascism.
The trailer is here:
Interview at Cannes with Alejandro Amenabar and Rachel Weisz.
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