3028Re: [neoplatonism] Re: A Review of Agora from Le Monde
- Feb 5, 2010
>>M.C. Actually, it seems like they followed the account of Gibbon (Decline
> That's great news, glad to get your positive reactions - Lonsdale is a
> fine actor, so another indication this is a serious effort. If the spirit
> is right, a little historical inaccuracy is hardly the end of the world,
> and it is a film and not a documentary, after all. I like Rachel Weisz and
> she would seem a perfect choice for the role.
> Poor old Synesius - waits 1600 years for his "big moment" and then gets
> rather slimed!
> Isn't it Eunapius who complains about the gangs of black-hooded Christian
> thugs? They must have picked that up from him.
and fall ch. 47) right down to the details : the prefect Orestes wounded
by a rock thrown by the Christian wonder-worker and rabble-rouser
Ammonius, who is executed by the Romans and renamed Saint Thaumasius by
>M.C. It is kind of hard to understand why it's taken so long: the film is
> I hope the film finds distribution here in America, but I won't hold my
> breath. Maybe if the pagans were shown as tall, purple-skinned, and all
> buffed and svelte...
in English, after all, and came out in 2008. But as Variety writes: "This
elaborately produced English-language Spanish production is consistently
spectacular and features enough conflict and action to make it marketable,
but a certain heaviness of style and lack of an emotional pulse could pose
problems for mass audience acceptance, at least in the U.S.".
In other words, I take it, there is enough violence, but not enough sex...
As far as atheism is concerned, H. is an agnostic, not an atheist: the
reason she gives for not converting to Christianity is that she can't stop
doubting and asking questions. In a rather unlikely scene, she is asked
"What then do you believe in?" and answers, "Philosophy". I don't believe
any pagan philosopher would have answered that: philosophy was never an
object of faith or belief, but a means to an end (happiness, assimilation
to the divinity, etc.), rather than an end in itself.
CNRS UPR 76
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