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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No hypattia available Amazon. During this period, the civic structure, which has been occupied by practicing Christians for some time, finally found itself dragged under the influence of a single-minded, exclusionary Christian monolith.

Hypatia of Alexandria

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For there is no doubt that he was a chief instigator of the campaign of defamation against Hypatia, fomenting prejudice and animosity against the woman philosopher, rousing fear about the consequences of her alleged alexandfia spells on the prefect, the faithful of the Christian community, and indeed the whole city.

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. We shall be permanently indebted to Dzielska for her thorough research and for her highly readable book Orestes off, never to be heard from again, and Cyril who may not have known alexandgia 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 fact that she was murdered added a level of mysticism to her hlstory. Off 29, Jamie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Some of them therefore, hurried away by a fierce and bigoted zeal, whose ringleader was a reader named Peter, waylaid her returning home, and dragging her from her carriage, they took her to the church called Caesareum, where they completely stripped her, and then murdered her with tiles. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

The pagans were slowly shrinking, The Christians were growing and were vengeful of everyone pagans, jews, etc. Jan 17, Christina rated it liked it. She had a clever father who, since he was a Neo-Platonist, educated her Plato having famously been in favour of educating daughters — an interesting fact to remember when reading later philosophers who are generally excused of their sexism with reference to the age they lived in.

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Here is a Neo-Platonist, a mathematician, a scientist, a virgin, a follower of the Greek Gods and she is hotbeing viciously murdered by a bunch of fundamentalist Christian thugs hell bent on bringing down ,aria shutters on the best of Greek thought and replacing it with their band of narrow-minded, closed-minded nonsense.

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Dziwlska ask other readers questions about Hypatia of Alexandriaplease sign up. Politicians memoires are becoming quite common these days, and they are often questioned for there accuracy by contemporaries. It is not an entry in the identity politics wars; it is not dzielskw political book at all.

All I gleaned from this book is that she was a mathemetician, an astronomer, philosopher who had created the astrolabe and a student of hers had once tried to court her until she scared him off with an ancient version of a soiled maxipad and was torn to death by an angry mob of Christians for having been a pagan.

Historians and poets, Victorian novelists and contemporary feminists have seen Hypatia mariw a symbol—of the waning of classical culture and freedom of inquiry, of the rise of fanatical Christianity, alrxandria of sexual freedom. Our author, Maria Dzielska, a university faculty member in Krakow, was committed to presenting her subject in a scrupulously honest hypati. In this book Dzielska demystifies Hypatia, sifting patiently through the original sources, from the “Sud” lexicon to the correspondence of Synesius of Cyrene.


At this alexndria, the pagans were the intellegencia of Alexandria. Dzielska is meticulous in her pursuit of facts from the widely scattered sources I found the book was just a bit too concerned with sources to be truly readable. The result is a splendid example of demythologizing scholarship Cyril, in addition to encouraging or enabling the assassination of Hypatia, also worked to rid Alexandria of pagans, battled and then expelled the Jews, and generally comes off as a power hungry monster.

This affair brought not the least opprobrium, not only upon Cyril, but also upon the whole Alexandrian church.

Dzielska traces in detail the modern literary tradition of Hypatia–from the Enlightenment authors who claimed her as the last of the great pagan neoplatonists, through Victorian novelist Charles Kingsley, to today’s feminists It seems she was stripped, was cut to pieces and killed and then was burned by a Christian mob.

Dzielska shows us why versions of Hypatia’s legend have served her champions’ purposes, and how they have distorted the true story.

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However many gaps there are in our knowledge of her, she remains a truly impressive historical figure. While the referencing makes it difficult to follow at times, the arguments set up dzie,ska seeking a clearer idea of the potential for Lf to have been a Christian herself, or just a learned woman exploring the range of ideas of those around her, are compelling.

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. Hypatia of Alexandria Maria Dzielska.