In this engrossing book, Maria Dzielska searches behind the legend to bring us the She takes us back to the Alexandria of Hypatia’s day, with its Library and. In this engrossing book, Maria Dzielska searches behind the legend to bring us the real story of Hypatia’s life and death, and new insight into her colorful world. John Toland. Hypatia or the History of a most beautiful, most virtuous, most learned and in every way accomplished lady, who was torn to pieces by the clergy of.

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Hypatia of Alexandria

Alexandria was one of the chief cities of the Roman Empire, sufficient to itself, such that Hypatia and her also-famous father, Theon never once left it. Socrates Scholasticus tells the story in Once upon a time I might have favored her scorning of the physical world, but now I find myself hypahia in disagreement with that line of thinking and its influence on Christianity.

This has effectively been removed by Dzielska revealing the historical Hypatia, an extraordinary woman, without the benefit of legend.

Going through those writers and then back to the earlier sources is enticing for those who need deconstruction first. Her extensive knowledge about various subjects, involvement with the city, the admiration of her students, are all qualities highly praised in the philosophical tradition. Such details have created a veil over the true figure of Hypaita. Added to PP index Total downloads 28of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 4hjpatia 2, How can I increase my downloads?


Hypatia of Alexandria by Maria Dzielska

Historians and po Hypatia–brilliant mathematician, eloquent Neoplatonist, and a woman renowned for her beauty–was brutally murdered by a mob of Christians in Alexandria in This volume searches behind the legend to provide a new perspective on Hypatia’s life and death. General European History Ancient History: It discusses the mysteries that shroud her life, as well as the known facts. These men would go on to careers in imperial governance and the administration of the Catholic Church.

Nov 15, Tony Gualtieri rated it it was amazing. The sense that there were other women of the same name around in circles of influence as well, makes the importance of finding these threads and weaving each into their own design and shape even more important.

Several times I thought I was reading something created by Translate Google. Dzielska uses the few primary sources available for her small biography, but does not shed much light on Hypatia herself.

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alexandira My library Help Advanced Book Search. It has a serviceable index, and quite a few notes. There appears to be a dearth of verifiable information on Hypatia’s life.

From Shame to Sin Kyle Harper. This seems so speculative that I’ve decided to give it a pass.

Jan 08, Dana Cameron rated it really liked it Shelves: Judy Dench might’ve been a much better choice. She takes us back to the Alexandria of Hypatia’s day, with hypatiw Library and Museion, pagan cults and the pontificate of Saint Cyril, thriving Jewish community and vibrant Greek culture, and circles of philosophers, mathematicians, astronomers, and militant Christians.

Hypatia wasn’t a “pagan” in the sense that she worshiped multiple gods or engaged in cultic practices. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


How is it possible that the words o this character to a whole range of other students – along with Hypatia herself and a number of others in those circles who may not have directly studied under her — can be in existence, yet most of those people do not have their own replies to Synesius in the historical record?

The Literary Legend of Hypatia This is a review of the Hypatia tradition which began in the eighteenth century, starting with John Toland incontinuing with an essay by Voltaire inand then branching and accumulating through the years down to the present day. References to this book Empire in Decline: This book, while scholarly, wasn’t bad, but was clearly meant for a niche audience. She was a mathematician and a pagan philosopher with a large following.

Looking for beautiful fo Dzielska makes a strong case that Hypatia was quite likely a Christian herself.

The blending of pagan and Christian thought, the mysticism of Neoplatonism, the interconnectedness of the Eastern Mediterranean, the sudden violence of the mob, and the political intrigues of the post-Nicene church are all here and intelligently explained. The causes and circumstances of her death at the hands of a Christian mob have been aledandria obfuscated by a long series of historians and artists, each with their own agendas.

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