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Thursday, December 19, 2013


05:30 PM–08:30 PM


The third film in our three-part Egyptomania Film Series, Agora is a historical drama set in Roman Egypt.  The story centers on philosopher and mathematician Hypatia (Rachel Weisz).  Set in the last days of the Roman Empire, Agora tells the story of a city at war, Alexandria, and it’s people, torn between religion and science, on the brink of a new era. Dr. Moulie Vidas, Assistant Professor of Religion and the Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton, will lead a lively discussion after the film.

About the Speaker

Dr. Moulie Vidas,  Assistant Professor of Religion and the Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University, leads a discussion after the film  He joined the Princeton faculty in 2012. His book, Tradition and the Formation of the Talmud, is forthcoming from Princeton University Press, and his current projects include a monograph on the emergence of Talmudic culture in Roman Palestine and a collection of essays on late ancient knowledge co-edited with Catherine Chin.

Running Time: 127 minutes
Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Writers: Alejandro Amenábar, Mateo Gil
Stars: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac