Hypatia of Alexandria (Revealing Antiquity v. 8)
By: Maria Dzielska (author), F. Lyra (translator)Paperback
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Hypatia - mathematician, Neoplatonist, and a woman renowned for her beauty - was brutally murdered by a mob of Christians in Alexandria in 415. In this book, Maria Dzielska searches behind the legend to bring us the real story of Hypatia's life and death, and insight into her 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 takes us back to the Alexandria of Hypatia's day, constructing a picture of the young philosopher's disciples and teaching, and clarifying what Hypatia's murder tells us about the tensions of this era.
Maria Dzielska is an internationally recognized authority on the cultural life of the Roman Empire. She lives in Krakow and is Professor of Ancient Roman History at Jagiellonian University.
I The Literary Legend of Hypatia II Hypatia and Her Circle III The Life and Death of Hypatia Conclusion Abbreviations Sources Notes Index
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