Production info

Spain, 2009

Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac
Directed by Alejandro Amenábar


4th century A.D… Egypt under the Roman Empire… Violent religious upheaval in the streets of Alexandria spills over into the citys legendary Library. Trapped within its walls, the briljant astronomer, Hypatia, fights, with the help of her disciples, to save the wisdom of the Ancient World… Among those disciples, the two men who are fighting for her heart: the witty, privileged Orestes and Davus, Hypatias young slave who is torn between his secret love for her and the freedom he knows can be his if he chooses to join the unstoppable surge of the Christians. (source:

Based on the historical figure of Hypathia, a Greek scholar from Alexandria considered the first notable woman in mathematics, who also taught philosophy and astronomy. She was brutally killed by a Christian mob in 415 A.D., a moment which some believe marked the definitive transformation from ancient Paganism to Christianity. Justin Pollard, co-author of the book "The Rise and Fall of Alexandria" (2007), was the historical advisor for this film.

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