The main character in the historical drama "Agora" is Hypatia of Alexandria, a famous female Greek philosopher and mathematician. She is played by actress Rachel Weisz in the film.
"Agora" is set in 4th-century Roman Egypt, during the period when Christianity is spreading throughout the Greco-Roman world. Its influence displaces old polytheistic beliefs and classical institutions. In this time of upheaval, Hypatia works to preserve the knowledge of classical antiquity.
The film, an English-language production in Spain, was released in 2009. It would go on to become the year's highest-grossing film in Spain. Although the film was well-received in the United States during its limited theatrical release, a nationwide theatrical release did not occur.