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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Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. General European History Ancient History: Ancient, To C Description Hypatia – mathematician, Neoplatonist and renowned beauty – was brutally murdered by a mob of Christians in Alexandria in This volume searches behind the legend to provide a new perspective on Hypatia’s life and death.

Hypatia of Alexandria by Maria Dzielska

Historians and poets, Victorian novelists and contemporary feminists have seen Hypatia as a symbol – of the waning hpatia classical culture and freedom of inquiry, of the rise of fanatical Christianity or of sexual freedom. This text suggests that certain versions of Hypatia’s legend have served to distort the true story. In order to correct this, it provides an examination of the culture of Alexandria of Hypatia, with its Library and Museion, pagan cults and the pontificate of Saint Cyril, Jewish community and Greek culture, and circles of philosophers, mathematicians, astronomers, and militant Christians.

Drawing on the letters of Hypatia’s pupil, Synesius of Cyrene, the book constructs a picture of the young philosopher’s disciples and her allexandria.

Hypatia of Alexandria

maeia Finally it draws on various sources to examine the facts surrounding Hypatia’s cruel death, clarifying what the murder tells us about the tensions of this tumultuous era. The Best Books of Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Product details Format Hardback pages Dimensions Looking for beautiful books?


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Table of contents The literary legend of Hypatia; Hypatia and her circle; the life and death of Hypatia; conclusion. Review quote A pithy and engaging attempt to state what we actually know about Hypatia. Through a subtle reading of the ancient dzidlska, Dzielska reconstructs a powerful and persuasive account of Hypatia’s life.

She also addresses the difficult task of describing her alexahdria Hypatia has been retailored to suit the psychic needs of anybody retrospecting her, rational, romantic, nostalgic, or loony. In this book Dzielska demystifies Hypatia, sifting patiently through the original sources, from the “Sud” lexicon to the correspondence of Synesius of Cyrene.

Dzielska’s aim in this book is to peel away those mythical images of Hypatia to examine the reality beneath.

The result is a splendid example of demythologizing scholarship It deserves to be read by anyone studying ancient gender or her time period and is a delight to read, in a translation which alexxndria light and natural. In contrast to a number of earlier writers on Hypatia, Maria Dzielska is meticulous about disentangling fact from speculation; meticulous, too, about documenting her sources and leading her readers, via her hypatja, to a variety of interesting discussions about alexahdria various points at issue.

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 If you are a historian, Greco-Roman scholar, Egyptologist, anthropologist, psychologist, theologian or a thoughtful person in any field who likes a good read Dzielska traces in detail the modern literary tradition of Hypatia–from the Enlightenment authors who claimed her as the kf of the great pagan neoplatonists, through Victorian novelist Charles Kingsley, to today’s feminists The daielska 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 of Hypatia, ‘ interpreting her death as a kind of witch-burning in the transition from pagan Empire to Christian state.


Dzielska is meticulous in her pursuit of facts from the widely scattered sources The book as a whole is a model of feminist scholarship in its sorting out of legend from facts. Hypatia, an exceptional philosopher, mathematician dzielsja 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.

From the moment she was brutally murdered by a mob dzieleka angry Christians, Hypatia became a legend, a figure who has ever since been used and manipulated by artists, writers, poets and feminists. Maria Dzielska in “Hypatia of Alexandria,” explores who Hypatia was, what she believed, why she was killed and what she has come to symbolize in the centuries since Dzielska’s discussion of Hypatia has contributed to the understanding of women in late antiquity.

The ideas commonly held regarding Hypatia have been strongly influenced and shaped by a tradition which used Hypatia as a symbol alexsndria its own attitudes and beliefs. Such details have created a veil over the true figure of Hypatia.

This has effectively been removed by Dzielska revealing the historical Hypatia, dzielwka extraordinary woman, without the benefit of legend. Murphy “Ancient History” show more. Book ezielska by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.