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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The image of Hypatia this story reveals is ghostly. Hypatia – brilliant mathematician, eloquent Neoplatonist, and a woman renowned for her beauty – was brutally murdered by a mob of Christians in Alexandria in Peers on Socrates and Plato.

Learning of her beliefs regarding Neoplatonism definitely helped me round out just how I feel about her. The problem, as is often the case, was political. You do not get a continuous narrative of the life of Hypatia. For those who choose to restrict their focus to the actual historical sources, it is possible to sketch out a clear profile of Hypatia, undistorted by ahistorical idealization. She has been a legend ever since.

The causes and circumstances of her death at the hands of a Christian mob have been similarly obfuscated by a long series of historians and artists, each with their own agendas.

Cyril was mostly opposed by Orestes and Orestes seems to have had his courage and arguments strengthened by Hypatia — her making the bullets and Orestes firing them. Once upon a time I might have favored her scorning of the physical world, but now I find myself more in disagreement with that line of thinking and its influence on Christianity.

But this is the story of much of early Christianity. Hypatia seems to have been largely areligious. How Alexandrian Was Clement of Alexandria?

Hypwtia many gaps there are in our knowledge of her, she remains a truly impressive historical figure. 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.

Great, if limited by lack of sources and somewhat dry. Here is a story that reveals one of those sadly universal patterns which govern so many lives: They were not populists and they occupied leading positions in city life. I wouldn’t have minded a bit of speculation in the text, especially about Hypatia’s mathematics and philosopy; however, Dzielska makes it clear that any such speculation would b Maria Dzielska is a sober guide to this enigmatic figure and she does a thorough job of outlining the little that is known about Hypatia.


Account Options Sign in. She concludes that Hypatia was in her sixties when mari was murdered by a Christian mob wielding broken pottery, and not the young woman that is often portrayed in illustrations. This section concludes with an interesting three page essay titled Other Learned Women of Late Antiquity.

Mosaics as History G. 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.

The structure of her argument works against spinning a good yarn, and she puts in few or no details of what daily life in fourth century Alexandria was like. Hypatia—brilliant mathematician, eloquent Neoplatonist, and a woman renowned for her beauty—was brutally murdered by a mob of Christians in Alexandria in When she died in she was of an advanced age, around sixty years old.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Naria was most likely envious of Hypatia’s prestige among the ruling class including the christian aristocracy.

It was Cyril who had started the accusations that Hypatia practiced 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. The other zdielska of the myth torn down here is how old Hypatia was.

Moral Controversy in an Aging Society. She has been a legend ever since. Working out the speculations from contemporary letters without this ground to anchor all the new information to makes it very difficult for those new to this area of study to gain a grip of the huge amount of information this scholar has at her disposal.

Hypatia of Alexandria

But daielska lived in a city with a massive Christian public sector. Women and Elderly Parents: It has a serviceable index, and quite a few notes.

If you are a historian, Greco-Roman scholar, Egyptologist, anthropologist, psychologist, theologian or a thoughtful person in any field who likes a good read The other substantial omission, which I have yet to find a scholar willing to address, is the absence of any reference to her mother.


Sign in Create an account. Aksine Platocu olarak, herkesin kendi dinini daha iyi anlayacak dersler vermektedir. But, her position gypatia a woman functioning within a blatantly patriarchal social, political and religious structure must be addressed for us to fully understand the implications of her death as well as her contributions to the sciences.

Drawing on the letters of Hypatia’s most prominent pupil, Synesius of Cyrene, Dzielska constructs a compelling picture of the young philosopher’s disciples and her teaching.

We contend against this silence when from the extant fragments we undertake to reconstruct the life and achievements of Hypatia. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Some of them therefore, hurried away by a fierce and bigoted zeal, whose ringleader was a reader named Peter, waylaid her returning home, and dragging her from her carriage, they took her to the church called Caesareum, where they completely stripped her, and then murdered her with alexandira. Hypatia of Alexandria Maria Dzielska Limited preview – There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to ask a question about Hypatia of Alexandria.

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At this time, the pagans were the intellegencia of Alexandria. Preview — Hypatia of Alexandria by Maria Dzielska. What has Alexandra – a city like few others – like in CE and how had it gotten to this stage of it’s development?

She had a clever father who, since he was a Neo-Platonist, educated dzielksa Plato having famously been in favour of educating daughters — an interesting fact to remember when reading later philosophers who are generally excused of their sexism with reference to the age they lived in.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. While being in your 60s is no reason to be stripped and murdered, it probably does somewhat diminish the erotic undertone to the story. Annewies van den Hoek – – Heythrop Journal 31 2: