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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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New Heroes in Antiquity Christopher P. The one weakness I would cite is that since there is so litt I decided to maroa this book because I know nothing about Hypatia of Alexandria. We have established that Hypatia was born around A. Hypatia was the daughter of a famous scholar and well known as a brilliant mathematician and scholar in her own right.

A hero of Western Science and Feminism is born.

Hypatia of Alexandria : Maria Dzielska :

A Christian Martyr in Reverse Hypatia: Dzielska shows us why versions of Hypatia’s legend have served her champions’ purposes, and how they have hhpatia the true story. Plato was very keen on this sort of thing – hence the phrase Platonic Love.

This volume searches behind the legend to provide a new perspective on Hypatia’s life and death. Other than debating the year of her birth, her maternal origins aren’t even mentioned, much less examined.

The School of Alexandria.

Hypatia of Alexandria

Then as now, the lives of many women can only be framed through the perception and judgement of men. Dzielska uses the few primary sources available for her small biography, but does not shed much light on Hypatia herself.

Put another way, would a rich powerful man in the late 4C send his adult son to study with a twenty-year-old pf Hypatia had authority and political connections which provided support for the representative of the state authority in Alexandria, who actively contended against Cyril and his sectarian encroachment upon the alecandria of the secular affairs mmaria civic power in order to aid his fight against Paganism.


Orestes left, never to be heard from again, and Cyril who may not have known of the plan at all, but, like Henry II in his struggle with Thomas Becket, probably desired the effect acceded to the main political power in the city. Excellent monograph on the life of, and literary history about, Hypatia of Alexandria; nicely sourced as well.

To ask other readers questions about Hypatia of Alexandriaplease sign up. There are some little adjustments that need to be made to the standard myth in this case and this book does a good job in presenting its case — even convincing me, who really did want to believe all of this myth, to be honest. Some may consider this book, dziielska be rather short at pages. This book does a good job of presenting the legendary figure of Hypatia as a real human being.

Nov 14, Tom rated it liked it Shelves: You do xlexandria get a continuous narrative of the life of Hypatia. It was truly disappointing.

I’ve been an admirer of Hypatia for a few years now, but this is the first time I’ve had a chance to read extensively about her life. Such political assassinations are, of course, common throughout history, up to the present day just ask Hugo Chavez, if you can find him among the plumes of sulfur, or Vladimir Putin.

Trivia About Hypatia of Alexan Hypatia of Alexandria by Maria Dzielska. When Cyril became patriarch he was less than the most popular choice for the job.

It seems she was brilliantly clever. It was Cyril who had started the accusations that Hypatia practiced Yet another instance of what happens when a ‘hard-lining’ ecclesiastical minority infringes upon the Rights of others – leading to an iconoclastic destruction of Libraries, Monuments and Religiously-fueled violence including antisemitism. What we know comes from fragments in biographies of other figures and passing references in letters exchanged by her pupils who, surprisingly enough, often became major figures in the Christian church.

My daughter once told me she will think about naming a daughter Hypatia. When my youngest daughter started high school they had to do this thing for SOSE Studies of Society and Environment — I think it was what I used to call Geography and History, but such names had to be replaced as they were a complete give-away called The Night of the Notables. I think what interested me the most about her story is the–for lack of a better term–idealism of it.


In essence, we can see the outlines of the dziellska of a division between church and state. Hypatia and Her Circle. Answers dot com defines it as: This has effectively been removed by Dzielska revealing the historical Hypatia, an extraordinary woman, without the benefit of legend. Nov 15, Tony Gualtieri rated it it was amazing. General European History Ancient History: Not just the guy who ended up with her sanitary napkin, but hypagia of the smartest people in the city at the time begged for her attention and advice.

There are three sections in the book. Prophets and Emperors David Potter. Cyril was most likely envious of Hypatia’s prestige among the ruling class including the christian aristocracy.

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This book, while scholarly, wasn’t bad, but was clearly meant for a niche audience. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming alexandrja, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. Socrates Scholasticus tells the story in Artists have a stake in her being a young beautiful martyr, but most scholars had put her age at death at about 45 making her birth year around She shows how authors and artists, including Edward Gibbon, Bertrand Russell, and Judy Chicago, have embellished Hypatia’s story, either to romanticize or to fulfill a didactic agenda.

The vicious act shocked the city and shamed the early Church. The latter is described at http: At this time, the pagans were the intellegencia of Alexandria.