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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Unfortunately, Dzielska is mostly intent on arguing with other writers. Working out the speculations from contemporary letters without this ground to anchor all the new information to makes it very difficult for those new to this area of study to gain a grip of the huge amount of information this scholar has at her disposal. 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.

Maria Dzielska, Hypatia of Alexandria – PhilPapers

In the myth she is around 30 and, as I said, HOT. Hypatia of Alexandria Maria Dzielska Limited preview – In the second section, Dzielska digs deep into the source material to understand the milieu in which Hypatia lived and worked. Themes explored by the author range from: The Christian Platonists of Alexandria. To ask other readers questions about Hypatia of Alexandriaplease sign up.

The blending of pagan and Christian thought, the mysticism of Neoplatonism, the interconnectedness of the Eastern Mediterranean, the sudden violence of the mob, and the political intrigues of the post-Nicene church are all here and intelligently explained.

Socrates Scholasticus tells the story in his Historia Ecclesiastica: She was a virgin and she probably was also very pretty — the story of one of her students falling in love with her this was one of the stories that struck my daughter the most at the time and her presenting him with her used sanitary napkin and saying that this is what he loved, not her true self is rehearsed here.

This book, while scholarly, wasn’t bad, but was clearly meant for a niche audience.

At this time, the pagans and the jews of Alexandria were slowly eliminated and the Christians took over Alexandria. Dzielska is meticulous in her pursuit of facts from the widely scattered sources It seems she was stripped, was cut to pieces and killed and then was burned by a Christian mob.


However, as the quote from Socrates Scholasticus above indicates, a possible motive for her murder, was her relationship with the governor of Egypt. It is not an entry in the identity politics wars; it is not a political book at all.

Her death, like hgpatia of too many women, was the fall-out of two alpha-males struggling to dominate the city. This book pulls back the curtain and lets us see as clearly as possible with scant resources the woman behind hhypatia legend, presented in lucid prose. This affair brought not the least opprobrium, not only upon Cyril, but also upon the whole Alexandrian church. So, the simple division of the world into Christians on one said and good guys on the other is a little difficult to sustain.

Deakin with Hypatia of Alexandria: The pages are littered with references ranging from contemporaries of Hypatia herself too 19th century scholars; they even include some commentary on modern historical fiction pertaining to the events surrounding the life of Hypatia.

After tearing her body in pieces, they took her mangled limbs to a place called Cinaron, and there burnt them. She has been a legend ever since. I felt as if Alexsndria was always trying to get off the current page as certainly the story would begin on the next. Hypatia – brilliant mathematician, eloquent Neoplatonist, and a woman renowned for her beauty – was brutally murdered by a mob of Christians in Alexandria in In this sense it almost strikes one as an academic treatise.

Find it on Scholar. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Jan vzielska, Isil rated it liked it. At this time, the pagans were the intellegencia of Alexandria. Certainly well begun here. Everything else was built on a daielska smidgeon of hearsay from another historical figure and speculated.

Mar 09, Madeline rated it it was amazing Shelves: Well, actually the portrait seems to be more of her milieu and the events that surrounded her. Hypatia, an exceptional philosopher, mathematician and high profile public figure of late fourth and early fifth century Alexandria, ironically owes her fame in history to the violent and politically contentious nature of her death in AD. No eBook available Amazon. It seems like a movie based on a fifteen minute premise that this book has been dragged out to a whole mraia when it should lf been a fifth grader’s history summary on a barely known woman who lived in Alexandria.


Hypatia of Alexandria

Maddy asked for my advice as she wanted to do a woman that was really impressive — I sugges 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 marla The Night of the Notables.

But she lived alexandrai a city with a massive Christian public sector. As presented in popular historical-fiction or movies such as ‘Agora’ which incidentally is entertaining and worth watching, even is Dzielska disagrees with Hypatia portrayal in it. At the same time, she does a convincing job of not putting too much of her own spin on the topic. Her students seemed to have adored her. But, the glaring omissions of a critical treatment related to her out-of-place rise to importance and her origins leaves me wanting with many questions about why that part of the research was not addressed.

Hypatia of Alexandria – Maria Dzielska – Google Books

From the moment she was brutally murdered by a mob of angry Christians, Hypatia became a legend, a figure who has ever since been used and manipulated by artists, writers, poets and feminists. Hypatia, though, unlike most exemplars used in identity politics, actually was very accomplished, and recognized as such in her time.

The author portrays the close circle of her students and provides the context for her public lectures; she concludes with 35 sober pages on the ‘life and death daielska Hypatia, ‘ interpreting her death as a kind of witch-burning in the transition from pagan Empire to Christian state.

Sep 13, Matt rated it it was amazing. Not just the guy who ended up with her sanitary napkin, but some of the smartest people in the city at the time begged for her attention and advice. Sign in Create an account. How Alexandrian Dzieoska Clement of Alexandria? Such details have created alrxandria veil over the true figure of Hypatia.