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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In fact, that kind of biography is simply not possible, given the dearth of source material, and all the accounts you’ve seen of that sort are semi-fiction.

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From inside the book. Oct 29, Jamie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Reflections on Clement and His Alexandrian Background. But it was in interpreting the primary sources, and critiquing their veracity and usefulness, that was most helpful to me.

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Excellent monograph on the life of, and literary history about, Hypatia of Alexandria; nicely sourced as well. Finally she plumbs her sources for the facts surrounding Hypatia’s cruel death, clarifying what the murder tells us about the tensions of this tumultuous era. Dzeilska admits that many women philosophers and teachers from this era have left behind little but their names mentioned in various textsbut she provide’s interesting, though limited, information about several of them.

Feminist Studiespublished in Athens sinceand Hypatia: They were not theurgists i. Hypatia had authority and political connections which provided support for the representative of the state authority in Alexandria, who actively contended against Cyril and his sectarian encroachment upon the sovereignty of the secular affairs of civic power in order to aid his fight against Paganism. All of this is made up out of whole cloth, as Dzielska notes.


Two of her students became Bishops. Among the most controversial of her proposals is that Hypatia was older than generally believed. Scholarly assessment of early historical sources on Hypatia of Alexandria, a scientist and well respected teacher murdered around AD.

The analysis turns on careful reading of each writer in context, made deeper by cross-referencing other known facts that illuminate what is said about Hypatia and her circle. There were just too many narrative references to the positions held by other hgpatia academics – all unknown to this reader and probably unknown to the vast majority of readers. Account Options Sign in.

The sacred and profane spheres were essentially on a collision course as ambitious Bishops and intransigent Imperial officials fought tooth and nail for authority over the cityscape; ultimately it was the eminent lady philosopher that appears to have borne the brunt of the conflict. Harvard University Press Amazon. Aside from a few statements and a paragraph in the final notes, Dzielska hardly mentions it.

It deserves to be read by anyone studying ancient gender or bypatia time period and is a delight to read, in a translation which is light and natural. That said, I recognize that a lack of historical records can account for an unwillingness of scholars to speculate on her mother. Oct 09, Joel Everett rated it really liked dzeilska.

Hypatia of Alexandria by Maria Dzielska

Dzielska makes a strong case that Hypatia was quite likely a Christian herself. Her death as a mature woman of 60 was more the result of a society in violent turmoil and the clash of male egos than a desire to eliminate paganism or classical dziels,a. However, she could have done so much more with this book while staying true to purpose.


The reader can feel her frustration with more modern writers who have immortalized Hypatia in ways that support their own objectives or biases. Dzielska traces in detail the modern literary tradition of Hypatia–from the Enlightenment authors who claimed her as the last of the great pagan neoplatonists, through Victorian novelist Charles Kingsley, to today’s feminists The Christians has just finished about years of being the persecuted by the pagan roman citizens.

In essence, we can see the outlines of the disappearance of a division between church and state. 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 maira to her death.

Hypatia of Alexandria

It was this affront that gave Cyril what he needed to add to his lies that Hypatia had overwhelmed Prefect Orestes with her “black magic” and was thus malevolently influencing the Alexandrian Government I greatly appreciated Maria Dzielska’s monograph due to her scholarly dissection of the period in history, comparing and contrasting the primary historical sources in order to come up with the most accurate account of Hypatia, her students, the political climate and the cultural backdrop in which this episode took place Jun 30, Charles rated it really liked it.

There are many myths about Hypatia. Women Philosophers in the Ancient Greek World: Cyril, zdielska addition to encouraging or enabling the assassination of Hypatia, hhpatia worked to maaria Alexandria of pagans, battled and then expelled the Jews, and generally comes off as a power hungry monster.