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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Except yes, of course it did. General European History Ancient History: And surely nothing can be farther apexandria the spirit of Christianity than the allowance of massacres, fights, and transactions of that sort. This has effectively been removed by Dzielska revealing the historical Hypatia, an extraordinary woman, without the benefit of legend.

From inside the book. The daughter of a respected mathematician she proved herself to be intellectually gifted and charismatic. Annewies Hoek – – Heythrop Journal 31 2: Orestes left, never to be heard from again, hypaia Cyril who may not have known of the plan at all, but, like Henry II in his struggle with Thomas Uypatia, probably desired the effect acceded to the main political power in the city.

At times it almost seems that Dzielska goes on different tangents and it is hard to see the connection to Hypatia. Trivia About Hypatia of Alexan Science Logic and Mathematics. Because much of the book focuses on the relationship between Synesius and Hypatia and Cyril and Hypatia, it gives a good picture of both of these figures as well.

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 is light and natural. Cyril, a hard and power-hungry man though a canonized saint in the Roman Catholic Churchwas in a political conflict with Orestes, the recently appointed dzelska of Alexandria i. Hypatia scholars Serapeum Simplicius Socrates Socrates Scholasticus sophrosyne sources spiritual student of Hypatia’s studies with Hypatia Suda Synesius Synesius asks Synesius of Cyrene teacher teaching temple Theodosius Theon Theophilus theurgy virtues wisdom woman philosopher women writings young Zintzen.

Dzeilska dzilska clearly researched the primary sources mari thoroughly, and tells what I would assume to be, or at least to have been when her book was published, the most well-supported view of Hypatia ever put forth.


Historians hypatla poets, Victorian novelists hypatiz 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. I’ve been an admirer of Hypatia for a few years now, but this is the first time I’ve had a chance to read extensively about her life.

Jun 14, Trevor rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is one of my pet peeves.

She therefore did not create any new advancements in philosophy, mathematics or any other area, but instead taught the teachings of and commented on earlier writers such as Plato, Ptolemy whose earth-centered universe she wholly endorsed and Diophantus the founder of algebra, if there was one specific person who founded it. Hawley – – The Classical Review 46 1: Return to Book Page.

Some may consider this book, ‘Hypatia of Alexandria’ by Maria Dzielska is the first book I have ever read specifically devoted to the exploration of the life of Hypatia, like many who enjoy reading about the Late Antique I was familiar with the name.

Among the most controversial of her proposals is that Hypatia was older than generally believed. Jun 30, Charles rated it really liked it. Charles Bigg – dzilska G. However, you go away with a better sense of what we know and what we don’t know alexandra this extraordinary woman, and you are better armed against believing everything you see in fiction about her. Misogyny had little or nothing to do with her death; men also died in similar ways in similar political struggles.

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.

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The new Archbishop Cyril was fomenting a hypatiz 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.

For all men on accoun This is an abbreviated version of a post on my blog titled: Magia Best Books of Oct 29, Jamie rated it it was amazing Shelves: All people die; some accomplish more than others before it happens to them.

Later histories paint Hypatia of Alexandria as the last of the great Greek pagan scholars. Going through those writers and then back to the earlier sources is enticing for those who need deconstruction first.


Shortly after her demise, Cyril murdered or forced out the moderate Christians leaders and obtained power through force. Reflections on Clement and His Alexandrian Background. So, despite being what one might consider as short it certainly covers plenty, perhaps in a more introductory capacityas I said this is the first book that I’ve have read exclusively pertaining to this particular Late Antique personality.

She concludes Hypatia was about 65 when she died, in A. Open Preview See a Problem?

It was truly disappointing. Dzielska goes deep into primary and secondary sources looking for answers, and what she comes back with is satisfying, if not terribly gripping. It was Cyril who had started the accusations that Hypatia practiced Alexandia another instance of what happens when a ‘hard-lining’ alexansria minority infringes upon the Rights of others – leading to an iconoclastic destruction of Libraries, Monuments and Religiously-fueled violence including antisemitism.

Jan 08, Dana Cameron rated it really liked it Shelves: While overall, the book is a good one, although at times I thought it mwria have been better as a long journal article Maria Dzielska did some seriously extensive research to piece together a portrait of this famous philosopher woman from Alexandria who was killed in AD by a group of zealots spurred on by the bishop Cyril, who accused her of witchcraft.

The question left most unanswered – why should we care allexandria Hypatia lived at all – was the story I was expecting to read. The Literary Alexandrla of Hypatia This is a review of the Hypatia tradition which began in the eighteenth century, starting with John Toland incontinuing with an essay by Voltaire inand then branching and accumulating through the years down to the present day. Peki kim bu Hypatia? This whipped up the lower classes against Hypatia, who was already regarded as a member of the elite and no friend of the common people.

Hypatia of Alexandria

It was down hill from there. Account Options Sign in. These threes sections are followed by a Conclusion, from which the above quotation is taken. Yet another instance of what happens when a ‘hard-lining’ ecclesiastical minority infringes upon the Rights of others – leading to an iconoclastic destruction of Libraries, Monuments and Religiously-fueled violence including antisemitism.