Hypatia of Alexandria

Hypatia of Alexandria 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. Read Hypatia of Alexandria – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

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  • Paperback
  • 176 pages
  • Hypatia of Alexandria
  • Maria Dzielska
  • English
  • 20 July 2017
  • 0674437764

10 thoughts on “Hypatia of Alexandria

  1. says:

    I read this book several years ago It s not a long read, about 100 pages of text It has a serviceable index, and quite a few notes But the notes will not be useful to readers unless they read French, since they refer mostly to original documents and secondary documents written in French In this sense it almost strikes one as an academic treatise.Maria Dzielska claims that her book has corrected some distortions of the Hypatia story, as it has grown up in the west over the last few centuries I read this book several years ago It s not a long read, about 100 pages of text It has a serviceable index, and quite a few notes But the notes will not be useful to readers unless they read ...

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    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 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 Maddy asked for my advice as she wanted to do a woman that ...

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    Several years ago I saw on TV the movie Agora , and ever since, the image of Hypatia, the legendary 4th century female scholar and philosopher of Alexandria, has left an indelible mark on my memory I m glad that I ve finally got round to reading Maria Dzielska s myth dispelling account of Hypatia s intellectual life and the times she lived in.Relying on two ancient historical tomes Historia Ecclesiastica by Socrates Scholasticus and Suda , plus a collection of correspondence kept by Synesius Several years ago I saw on TV the movie Agora , and ever since, the image of Hypatia, the legendary 4th century female scholar and philosopher of Alexandria, has left an indelible mark on my memory I m glad that I ve finally got round to reading Maria Dzielska s myth dispelling account of Hypatia s intellectual life and the times she lived in.Relying on two ancient historical tomes Historia Ecclesiastica by Socrates Scholasticus and Suda , plus a collection of correspondence kept by Synesius of Cyrene, who was a well known disciple of Hypatia s, the author goes about reconstructing the life and achievements of this influential intellectual, who died a most grues...

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    A scholarly paper turned to book form, this helpful review of documents and literary references to Hypatia goes a long way to clearing the view of this remarkable woman While the referencing makes it difficult to follow at times, the arguments set up for seeking a clearer idea of the potential for Hypatia to have been a Christian herself, or just a learned woman exploring the range of ideas of those around her, are compelling The sense that there were other women of the same name around in cir A scholarly paper turned to book form, this helpful review of documents and literary references to Hypatia goes a long way to clearing the view of this remarkable woman While the referencing makes it difficult to follow at times, the arguments set up for seeking a clearer idea of the potential for Hypatia to have been a Christian herself, or just a learned woman exploring the range of ideas of those around her, are compelling The sense that there were other women of the same name around in circles of influ...

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    I picked up Hypatia of Alexandria after hearing about Agora, a film which made some waves at Cannes this year and should be showing on U.S screens soon It ll be interesting seeing the movie after reading this book, as director Alejandro Amen bar s Hypatia is exactly the type of literary Hypatia that Dzielska spends the first chapter of her book debunking.This is a rather boring book about a really interesting subject Hypatia, noted Alexandrian philosopher and mathematician of the fourth and f I picked up Hypatia of Alexandria after hearing about Agora, ...

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    Unfortunately there is not much in the way of source material to base a life of Hypatia on This seems so speculative that I ve decided to give it a pass.

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    Hypatia, the woman philosopher mathematician of the Fifth Century A.D., is a caricature with little or no grounding in reality For example, in the 2009 film Agora, she is portrayed as the youthful originator of heliocentrism, killed by ignorant Christians opposed to science, who for good measure burn down the famous Library of Alexandria, of which Hypatia was Librarian None of this is true in any way, of course, although it fits the modern liberal desire to contemptuously dismiss Christians Hypatia, the woman philosopher mathematician of the Fifth Century A.D., is a caricature with little or no grounding in reality For example, in the 2009 film Agora, she is portrayed as the youthful originator of heliocentrism, killed by ignorant Christians opposed to science, who for good measure burn down the famous Library of Alexandria, of which Hypatia was Librarian None of this is true in any way, of course, although it fits the modern liberal desire to contemptuously dismiss Christians and Christianity and to assign historical importance based on identity, rather than accomplishment.As it happens, denigrating Christians by mischaracterizing Hypatia isn t just a modern liberal desire The use of a fictional Hypatia in this program beganthan two hundred years ago, most notably with Gibbon s Decline And Fall, where a fictional Hypatia is used in service of Gibbon s theory that Christianity destroyed the strong and thriving Roman Empire Since then, variations on this theme ha...

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    This is an abbreviated version of a post on my blog titled Hypatia of Alexandria Two Books In March AD 415, a Christian mob murdered Hypatia, the renowned Lady Philosopher of Alexandria The vicious act shocked the city and shamed the early Church Socrates Scholasticus tells the story in his Historia Ecclesiastica Hypatia, daughter of the philosopher Theon, who made such attainments in literature and science, as to far surpass all the philosophers of her own timeFor all men on accoun This is an abbreviated version of a post on my blog titled Hypatia of Alexandria Two Books In March AD 415, a Christian mob murdered Hypatia, the renowned Lady Philosopher of Alexandria The vicious act shocked the city and shamed the early Church Socrates Scholasticus tells the story in his Historia Ecclesiastica Hypatia, daughter of the philosopher Theon, who made such attainments in literature and science, as to far surpass all the philosophers of her own timeFor all men on account of her extraordinary dignity and virtue admired her theYet even she fell a victim to the political jealousy which at that time prevailed For as s...

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    While the research done for this book is remarkable, bringing to light details of Hypatia s life that 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.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 that 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 una...

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