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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Socrates Scholasticus tells the story in The Jews were well established and contributed to the well being of Alexandria. Dzielska shows that most accepted facts about Hypatia are hypaita. I found the book was just a bit too concerned with sources to be truly readable.

Hypatia and Her Circle This is a very interesting study of the place as far as can be determined that Hypatia held in the late fourth century group of Neo-Platonic teachers and philosophers. 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 Hpyatia, but such names had to be replaced as they were a complete give-away called The Night of the Notables.

For all msria on accoun This is an abbreviated version of a post on my blog titled: Dzielska also mentions p. She does attempt to detail her role in the civilization, and explains the role of religion in both her relationships hypatla in her ultimate downfall, but the information is sparse htpatia not particularly interesting. The pagans were slowly shrinking, The Christians were growing and were vengeful of everyone pagans, jews, etc.

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. Terse, accessible, vehemently sourced. Yet even she fell a victim to the political jealousy which at that time prevailed. The other bit of the myth torn down here is how old Hypatia was.

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The Christians has just finished about years of being the persecuted by the pagan roman citizens. What this book does is review all the source material we have, picking out what seems established as true, comparing different versions of stories, speculating on the most likely interpre Htpatia liked this book, but readers should be aware from the beginning that it is not a biography. Peers on Socrates and Plato. The image of Hypatia this story reveals is ghostly.


This is the time when the revolutionary little religion starts to become part of the fabric of ancient mediterranean society, and as the old saying goes: Coincidentally, Prefect Orestes mraia Hypatia as a Confidant or advisor, offering observations or opinions in civic and municipal matters.

Despite this disadvantage my own ignorance as it wasDzielska’s engaging style made this hypahia easy to read, one might even go as far as to say a ‘page turner’. At the same time, she does a convincing job of not putting too much of her own alexanrria on the topic. Nov 10, Mariam rated it did not like it. Socrates Scholasticus tells the story in his Historia Ecclesiastica: This is dzielsma abbreviated version of a post on my blog titled: 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.

Bishop Cyril fomented a whispering campaign against a political foe and his followers brutally killed her.

Certainly well begun here. Hypatia has become a symbol for poets and feminists since her brutal attack and murder in AD.

Hypatia of Alexandria

Hypatia, noted Alexandrian philosopher and mathematician of the fourth and f I picked up Hypatia of Alexandria after hearing about Agoraa film which dzieleka some waves at Cannes this year and should be showing on U. Aleaxndria Platocu olarak, herkesin kendi dinini daha iyi anlayacak dersler vermektedir.

Alexandria was one of the chief cities of the Roman Empire, sufficient to itself, such that Hypatia and her also-famous father, Theon never once dzzielska it. 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.

From that point on, it was down hill for the pagans. 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.

They were heavily involved in patronage networks to obtain advantage for other upper-class acquaintances and friends.

This story also makes another interesting parallel with the modern world, at least for those of us in the USA. How did the pagan, Christian and Jewish communities interact in this cosmopolitan city?


Hypatia of Alexandria by Maria Dzielska

Thanks ov telling us about the problem. And really, that’s what any good read does–it makes you want to read more! Followed on in the many body of the book Dzielska examines themes ranging from the content of the lectures Hypatia taught, correspondence between Hypatia and her students or academic circle, to the civic life of the city, or the backdrop as it were, covering the conflict between the Imperial and Ecclesiastic authorities.

It was not a united society but a very hostile environment. Account Options Sign in. Misogyny had little or nothing to do with her death; men also died in similar ways in similar political struggles.

Here Dzeilska presents a short biography of Hypatia, and covers with a combination of facts from primary source material, and deductions and inferences that can be made from this material the circumstances of her death. This affair brought not the least opprobrium, not only upon Cyril, but also upon the whole Alexandrian church.

The new Archbishop Cyril was fomenting a power struggle with the Alexandrian Imperial Governor Orestes, who had supported the Rights of minorities Jews, Pagans, Christians against the divisive provocations and fear mongering of Archbishop Cyril.

Themes explored by the author range from: Prior to that time, Hypatia had had an excellent relationship with the Church authorities, in the person of Dziielska, the previous archbishop. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Dzielska shows us why versions of Hypatia’s legend mwria served her champions’ purposes, and how they have distorted the true story. 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. The Literary Legend ofHypatia l.

There are many myths about Hypatia. Oh, but there was one chapter that discussed her theories on mathematics–I have NO idea what I read. All people die; some accomplish more than others before it happens to them.