“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” Winston Churchill
In this case a lie will be shown in art house theaters throughout the world and will seep into the culture as another piece of what Mark Shea calls psuedo-knowledge. The movie Agora by Alejandro Amenába takes a Dan Brown “historical” approach to the story of Hypatia and makes it into a bit of Anti-Catholic agitprop of the Church’s hatred of science. A fun house mirror approach to history.
Even though this movie will not be widely watched or have the influence of the Da Vinci Code, it could garner awards and the ideas behind it will probably become more well known than the movie itself.
Sandra Miesel the master of the historical debunk writes an excellent article on the actual history of Hypatia and the destruction of the Library at Alexandra before her birth. Her article is well worth reading and bookmarking for future reference.