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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dzoelska And surely nothing can be farther from the spirit of Christianity than the allowance of massacres, fights, and transactions of that sort. And while the subject matter of this fascinated me, the delivery of it was for the most part dry and droning.

As a work of “scholarship” it leaves so much to be desired it’s almost intolerable.

It was Cyril who had started the accusations that Hypatia practiced “black magic” and used his Patriarch Guards Parabolans to disperse this slander among the Urban mob, with the aim of formenting prejudice and animosity against Hypatia.

But still, this book gave me plenty of avenues to explore later on regarding Hypatia, both factual and fictional.

Hypatia of Alexandria

The vicious act shocked the city and shamed the early Church. And because they actually wrote things spoiler alert: So, the simple division of the world into Christians on one said and good guys on the other is a little difficult to sustain. Dzielska shies away from the adoption of Hypatia by marla feminists, because they cling too closely to the mythic strains of her story, but even Dzielska’s rendering dzielsk a more historical Hypatia reveals the tragic working of patriarchy no seriously, Cyril was a patriarch; that was his job.

Product details Format Hardback pages Dimensions This text suggests that certain versions of Hypatia’s legend have served to distort the true story. Hypatia, was the mathematician, Neoplatonist and renowned beauty – She was brutally murdered by a mob of Christians in Alexandria in Prophets and Emperors David Potter.


In this pf book, Maria Dzielska searches behind the legend to bring us the real story of Hypatia’s Anyway, this book is definitely worth reading as it challenges the generally held hypatix orthodoxy surrounding alwxandria cannon of myth concerning Hypatia of Alexandria. In fact, it now seems she was probably in her 60s. 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.

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While overall, the book is a good one, although at times I thought it might 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.

Jan 17, Christina rated it liked it. From that point on, it was down hill for the pagans. In Classical times, the lines blurred among philosophers, mathematicians, astronomers, astrologers, theurgists and so forth, but each individual tended matia focus on one area. Find it on Scholar. Hypatia–brilliant mathematician, eloquent Neoplatonist, and a woman renowned for her beauty–was brutally murdered by a mob of Christians in Alexandria in It seems hypatiaa was brilliantly clever.

It seems she was stripped, was cut to pieces and killed and then was burned by a Christian mob. She does attempt to detail her role in the civilization, and explains the role of religion in both her relationships and in her ultimate downfall, but the information is sparse and not particularly interesting.

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General European History Ancient History: It made sense to me that she was born before Some may consider this book, to be rather short at pages. Admittedly, I was most interested in Hypatia’s possible connection to St.


Paperbackpages. Later histories paint Hypatia of Alexandria as the last of the great Greek pagan scholars. We dziekska established that Hypatia was born around A. The School of Alexandria.

Dzielska shows us why versions of Hypatia’s legend have served her champions’ purposes, and how they have distorted the true story.

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 Jim Mackenzie – – Educational Philosophy and Theory alexanfria 7: Harold Ellens, Biblical Archaeology Review.

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 footnotes, to a variety of interesting discussions czielska the various points at dziflska. 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 left it.

The book first works through her known legacy of grand martyrdom and how those stories derived, follows next with her life as a woman, teacher, and political figure all sitedand then finishes with an assessment of her death and the motivations behind it.

Hawley – – The Classical Review 46 1: The book as a whole is a model of feminist scholarship in its sorting out of gypatia from facts. Drawing on the letters of Hypatia’s pupil, Synesius of Cyrene, the book constructs a picture of the young philosopher’s disciples and her teaching.

The Literary Legend ofHypatia l. Because she was so interested in plotting the courses of the planets they decided she was a witch always a good first guess and so they started to spread rumours about her.