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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She understood the current thinking in mathematics, astronomy and neoplatonic philosophy. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Historians and poets, Victorian novelists and contemporary feminists have seen Hypatia as a symbol–of the waning of classical culture and freedom of inquiry, of the rise of fanatical Christianity, or of sexual freedom.

Damascius, the pagan Neoplatonist philosopher of Athens; Socrates Scholasticus, a Christian writer of a church history that discusses Hypatia; and John of Nikiu, a later Christian writer. 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. This book intrigued me with the first chapter and the writing seemed concise and inviting, however, after having dragged myself through the whole book hoping that it was like the first chapter, I would never recommend this to anyone.

Basically, the kids had to pick someone from history that they would like to dress up as and to prepare a very brief talk about. Review quote A pithy and engaging attempt to state what we actually know about Hypatia. However, you go away with a better sense of what we know and what we don’t know about this extraordinary woman, and you are better armed against believing everything you see in fiction about her.

In this sense it almost strikes one as an academic treatise. Hypatia, noted Alexandrian philosopher and mathematician of the fourth and f I picked up Hypatia of Alexandria after hearing about Agoraa film which made some waves at Cannes this year and should be showing on U. These men would go on to careers in imperial governance and the administration of the Catholic Church. She was murdered because she was a woman that did not adhere to the Christian teachings of the time.

It is not an entry in the identity politics wars; it is not a political book at all.

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The ideas commonly held regarding Hypatia have been strongly influenced and shaped by a tradition which used Hypatia as a symbol for its own attitudes and beliefs. At this time, the pagans were the intellegencia of Alexandria. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Dzielska divides her book into three main sections. Dzielska closely parses the letters of Synesius of Cyrene, a disciple of Hypatia and later a bishopwith their numerous references to other disciples of Hypatia.

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Her life is represented in art and music. Alexansria of Alexandria Maria Dzielska Limited preview – In fact, that kind of biography is simply not possible, given the dearth of source material, and all the accounts you’ve seen of that sort are semi-fiction.

A really interesting and mariaa book about Hypatia. We have established that Hypatia was born around A. It seems she was stripped, was cut to pieces and killed and then was burned by a Christian mob. Through a subtle reading of the ancient sources, Dzielska reconstructs a powerful and persuasive account of Hypatia’s life.

View all 12 comments. She was interested in math, science, and philosophy. By all accounts, she seems to have lived very much as the archetype of philosophic thought. And dzieska think it’s basically the one non-fiction book out there people depend on.

I felt as if I was always hyypatia to get off the current page as certainly the story would begin on the next. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Plato was very keen on this sort of thing – hence the phrase Platonic Love.

Hypatia of Alexandria

Dzielska also mentions p. MacIntosh “ISIS” Maria Dzielska has finally brought us definitive and sober research into who that grand historic figure really was, the circumstances of her life and scholarship, and the dynamics that led to her death.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Other than debating the year of her birth, her maternal origins aren’t even mentioned, much less examined.

Cyril was most likely envious of Hypatia’s prestige among the ruling class including the christian aristocracy. The question left most unanswered – why should we care that Hypatia lived at all – was the story I was expecting to read. In the second section, Dzielska digs deep into the source material to understand the milieu in which Hypatia lived aldxandria worked. The effort made by Dzielska should be commended and hopefully, more attention will be devoted to Hypatia.


Taylor – – Oxford University Press. The other bit of the myth torn down here is how old Hypatia was. 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. Some may consider this book, ‘Hypatia of Alexandria’ by Maria Dzielska is the first book I have ever read specifically devoted to the exploration of the life of Hypatia, like many who enjoy reading about the Late Antique I was familiar with the name.

Her students seemed to have adored her. Dzielska tries to give body and flesh to Hypatia but has little to work with here. This book is one of my pet peeves. What has Alexandra – a city like few others – like in CE and how bypatia it gotten to this stage of it’s development?

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. The Craft of Zeus John Scheid.

Thankfully, the author does a careful job of cutting through all of the mythology that has grown around this famous historical figure and presents an interesting and compelling portrait of her. Hypatia, noted Alexandrian philosopher and mathematician of the fourth and fifth centuries, has variously been characterized as atheist, pagan, and consummate Neoplatonist.

This book, while scholarly, wasn’t bad, but was dziellska meant for a niche audience. The other substantial omission, which I have yet to find a scholar willing to address, is the absence of While the research done for this book is remarkable, bringing to light details of Hypatia’s life alexandriz few have revealed before, I rate this book right in the middle of the pack for one reason – the glaring and continued lack of even simple acknowledgement that Hypatia’s status as a female philosopher of incredible rank and influence was otherwise unattainable by women within the ancient world.

Dzielska argues she taught a mix of ideas, mostly to the wealthy, and that dzielzka likely emphasized the pragmatic.

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