Movie Review Agora by Dawn Thomas
Hypatia , Imbolc , Movie , Rachel Weisz , The Oracle , Uncategorized / February 1, 2014

Movie Review Agora by Dawn ThomasReleased: 2010Production Co: Mod Producciones, Himenóptero, Telecinco CinemaRuntime: 127 minutes Cast:Rachel Weisz as HypatiaOscar Isaac as OrestesRupert Evans as SynesiusManuel Cauchi as TheophilusMax Minghella as DavusMichael Lonsdale as TheonSami Samir as Cyril The movie begins in the year 391 CE. Hypatia (Rachel Weisz) was teaching a class of young male mathematics and astronomy in the Library of Alexandria. Several of her students had converted to Christianity. During class we hear one student, Orestes (played by Oscar Isaac), confronting a Christian student, Syneisus (played by Rupert Evans). Hypatia puts an end to the disagreement. She tells them they are all the same. Outside of the library a conflict is growing. One of the Parabalani (a Christian brotherhood), Theophilus (played by Manuel Cauchi), challenged a Pagan to walk through fire. He said his God would protect him if we walked through so why should the Pagan be afraid to walk through the fire. He asks the man if he is afraid his Gods would not protect him. The Christian walks quickly through the fire but when the Pagan is pushed into the fire, he stumbles and flames ignite his robes and he gets burned. The crowd did…

Book Review The Wisdom of Hypatia by Bruce J. MacLennan, PhD

Book Review The Wisdom of Hypatia by Bruce J. MacLennan, PhD 384 pages Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2013) ISBN-10: 073873599X ISBN-13: 978-0738735993 Nonfiction (adult), Religion & Spirituality In following the theme of Hypatia, I was excited to include this book. I enjoy reading books on philosophy and this book did not disappoint me. The book is divided into four parts and is designed to be used as a nine-month program. Each part includes different subjects along with exercises. The exercises are meant to be practices before moving to the next topic. The author compares training for an Ironman competition to practicing the exercises. He states you wouldn’t begin the competition without the necessary training and the exercises should be approached in the same manner. Below are the four parts. Part I Preliminaries This section of the book goes into detail about the three degrees of wisdom—The Garden, the Porch, and the Grove along with a brief history of philosophy. The author mentions several times this book is not written to be a history of philosophy. He mentions several books for more information on the subject. Part II. The First Degree of Wisdom is represented by Epicureanism which seeks tranquility…

Book Review: Chameleon: The Choosing by Maggie Faire

Book Review by Dawn ThomasChameleon: The Choosing by Maggie FaireWindtree Press (July 2, 2013)Print Length: 224 pagesSci-Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA The book picks up where Chameleon: The Awakening ended. Camryn needs to bond with a Thunder Dragon. She is faced with a test to get to the dragon nest. She faces adversity and death of a friend. She leaves the nest in tears full of sorrow. She meets her dragon and begins a training regime. She must learn to banish the Abaddon, an evil force that can manifest into a physical being. She must also find a way to stop the mutation of the lichen in the forests. She changes into a researcher and returns to the facility she escaped from several months ago. She must learn what type of experiments Dr. Frenelli was conducting on the Forest People. Once in the facility she observed a disturbing experiment on two siblings that caused her to almost break down and lose her cover. She was horrified to learn what Dr. Frenelli had done to her and wondered if she would be able to control herself in the end. The author continues the same style of writing as in the…

Book Review Chameleon: The Awakening by Maggie Faire

Book Review by Dawn ThomasChameleon: The Awakening by Maggie FaireWindtree Press (May 21, 2013)Print Length: 288 pagesSci-Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA The book begins with a prologue. Fia , a Mazikeen, and Nakani, a Quatcho, traveling through the forest. Fia is heavy with child and is looking for the Life Tree to give birth. They were shunned from their tribes for their relationship. Once Fia became pregnant no one offered to witness the birth or blessings. They lived alone in the forest. The day becomes filled with sadness when the babe is born. She is named Wynbune and Camryn. Fia makes Nakani promise he will deliver the babe to Bliant a woman that will raise the child as her own. This daughter is the chameleon foretold by a prophecy to save the forest people. The story jumps to Camryn turning sixteen and tragedy strikes once again. She is taken to a facility to be cured of her powers to change. She is befriended by Sela, a nurse at the facility. One day a handsome young man comes to visit Camryn. She doesn’t know if he is real or a hallucination. He tells her she is in danger and must…