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Hypatia of Alexandria

Author: Maria Dzielska
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996.
Series: Revealing antiquity, 8.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harvard University Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"Hypatia - brilliant mathematician, eloquent Neoplatonist, and a woman renowned for her beauty - was brutally murdered by a mob of Christians in Alexandria in 415. She has been a legend ever since. 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." "Historians and poets, Victorian novelists and  Read more...
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Named Person: Hypatia; Hypatia
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maria Dzielska
ISBN: 0674437764 9780674437760
OCLC Number: 37512103
Notes: "Adapted and translated from the unpublished manuscript"--Title page verso.
Description: viii, 157 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: The literary legacy of Hypatia --
Hypatia and her circle --
The life and death of Hypatia --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Revealing antiquity, 8.
Other Titles: Hypatia z Aleksandrii.
Responsibility: Maria Dzielska ; translated by F. Lyra.

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"Hypatia - brilliant mathematician, eloquent Neoplatonist, and a woman renowned for her beauty - was brutally murdered by a mob of Christians in Alexandria in 415. She has been a legend ever since. 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." "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 shows us why versions of Hypatia's legend have served her champions' purposes, and how they have distorted the true story."--Jacket.

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