Hypatia of Alexandria (Paperback)

Author: Dzielska, Maria

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Hypatia--brilliant mathematician, eloquent Neoplatonist, and a woman renowned for her beauty--was brutally murdered by a mob of Christians in Alexandria in 415. In this engrossing book, the author searches behind the legend to bring us the real story of Hypatia's life and death, and new insight into her colorful world.

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Publisher Harvard Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780674437760
SKU 30114066
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0674437764
Release Date 4/10/2007
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"None of Ms. Dzielska's evidence undermines her subject's appeal unless you insist on having your heroines young. (It emerges that Hypatia was about 60 when she died.) In fact, her stature grows in the course of the authors trawl through letters, near-contemporary documents and the latest scholarship in obscure journals. This gem of academic detective work may be the last word on a subject that has fascinated for centuries. Perhaps, though it will provide a starting point for even better novels."
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Editors Note Hypatia--brilliant mathematician, eloquent Neoplatonist, and a woman renowned for her beauty--was brutally murdered by a mob of Christians in Alexandria in 415. In this engrossing book, the author searches behind the legend to bring us the real story of Hypatia's life and death, and new insight into her colorful world.
Editors Note 1 Hypatia--brilliant mathematician, eloquent Neoplatonist, and a woman renowned for her beauty--was brutally murdered by a mob of Christians in Alexandria in 415. She has been a legend ever since. 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.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. Dzielska shows us why versions of Hypatia's legend have served her champions' purposes, and how they have distorted the true story. She takes us back to the Alexandria of Hypatia's day, with its 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. Drawing on the letters of Hypatia's most prominent pupil, Synesius of Cyrene, Dzielska constructs a compelling picture of the young philosopher's disciples and her teaching. Finally she plumbs her sources for the facts surrounding Hypatia's cruel death, clarifying what the murder tells us about the tensions of this tumultuous era.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0176
Publisher Harvard University Press
Series Part 8
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