Philosophy and the view from above in Alejandro's Amenabar's agora

Sharpe, Matthew 2012, Philosophy and the view from above in Alejandro's Amenabar's agora, Crossroads : an interdisciplinary journal for the study of history, philosophy, religion and classics, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 31-45.

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Title Philosophy and the view from above in Alejandro's Amenabar's agora
Author(s) Sharpe, Matthew
Journal name Crossroads : an interdisciplinary journal for the study of history, philosophy, religion and classics
Volume number 6
Issue number 1
Start page 31
End page 45
Total pages 15
Publisher Queensland Association of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics Publishing Inc.
Place of publication St Lucia, Qld.
Publication date 2012-10
ISSN 1833-878X
Keyword(s) philosophy
hypatia
sage
hadot
view from above
Summary  This paper examines the depiction of neoplatonic philosopher, geometer and astronomer Hypatia in Alejandro Amenabar's 2010 fil Agora.  The paper uses Pierre Hadot's work, and his arguments that ancient philosophy was conceived as a way of life, aiming at the ideal existence of the sage, and characterised by spiritual exercises.  The paper argues that Amenabar's film employs the technique of the view from above, one such spiritual exercise, wherein the agent relooks at his or life sub spaecie aeternitatis or 'from above', to frame Hypatia's life and death, and the end of the pagan epoch in Alexandria.
Language eng
Field of Research 220209 History of Ideas
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049398

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