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.
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.
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
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