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Read & Download Hypatia z Aleksandrii 104 Þ Hypatia brilliant mathematician elouent 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 deatIbrant Greek culture and circles of philosophers mathematicians astronomers and militant Christians 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 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 er. This book is one of my pet peeves As a work of scholarship it leaves so much to be desired it's almost intolerable And to think it's basically the one non fiction book out there people depend on Depressing Poor Hypatia

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Hypatia as a symbol of the waning of classical culture and freedom of inuiry 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 She takes us back to the Alexandria of Hypatia's day with its Library and Museion pagan cults and the pontificate of Saint Cyril thriving Jewish community and v. A scholarly paper turned to book form this helpful review of documents and literary references to Hypatia goes a long way to clearing the view of this remarkable woman While the referencing makes it difficult to follow at times the arguments set up for seeking a clearer idea of the potential for Hypatia to have been a Christian herself or just a learned woman exploring the range of ideas of those around her are compelling The sense that there were other women of the same name around in circles of influence as well makes the importance of finding these threads and weaving each into their own design and shape even importantThere is such a cast of characters introduced as “Her Circle” in the second chapter that it would have been helpful to be introduced to the setting of the time and places from which they came together 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 A chart of times people and places may need to be constructed by the reader to gain a better perspective of how the material has been twisted to the use of later writers Going through those writers and then back to the earlier sources is enticing for those who need deconstruction first Might it be possible to find Hypatia’s own voice by taking a direct routeI find it curious that the letters of Synesius one of Hypatia’s students who became a bishop of Cyrene are considered so reliable a source How is it possible that the words of this character to a whole range of other students along with Hypatia herself and a number of others in those circles who may not have directly studied under her – can be in existence yet most of those people do not have their own replies to Synesius in the historical record Did Synesius keep copies of all the letters he wrote or are they possible reconstructions of some kind possibly even by his own hand for some other purpose than giving a true and accurate account of the conversations he took part in at that timePoliticians memoires are becoming uite common these days and they are often uestioned for there accuracy by contemporaries Surely a top scholar would feel an obligation to ground this material adeuately at the beginning of her argument as wellI find this a very important work but I would suggest there is much to be done in this area and my uestions only begin to hint at what may be involved Certainly well begun here

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Hypatia z AleksandriiHypatia brilliant mathematician elouent 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 worldHistorians and poets Victorian novelists and contemporary feminists have seen. Several years ago I saw on TV the movie “Agora” and ever since the image of Hypatia the legendary 4th century female scholar and philosopher of Alexandria has left an indelible mark on my memory I’m glad that I’ve finally got round to reading Maria Dzielska’s myth dispelling account of Hypatia’s intellectual life and the times she lived inRelying on two ancient historical tomes Historia Ecclesiastica by Socrates Scholasticus and Suda plus a collection of correspondence kept by Synesius of Cyrene who was a well known disciple of Hypatia’s the author goes about reconstructing the life and achievements of this influential intellectual who died a most gruesome death during Lent in 415 after taking a stand behind Prefect Orestes in his political duel with power hungry Bishop Cyril The author also dispels a widespread myth that Hypatia was a youthful woman at the time of her death and contends that she was around 60 years old at her life's violent endThese passages sum up Hypatia’s social and political situation in Alexandria before Cyril became Bishop “Esteemed by the ruling elite sympathetic toward Christians indifferent to pagan cults neutral in the religious fights and altercations she lived in Alexandria for many years enjoying the city’s rulers’ respect and her disciples’ love Besides teaching ontology and ethics Hypatia lectured on mathematics and astronomy”“Hypatia herself not needing to conceal her non Christian religiosity enjoyed full intellectual independence and the tolerance of the ecclesiastical authorities”In conclusion Dzielska states “Relying on the most important sources and their analysis we may thus state uneuivocally that the conflict between Orestes and Cyril was concluded in a manner and for a reason known and used for ages murder for a political purpose They killed a person who was the mainstay of the opposition against him”“Cyril undoubtedly presented the affair as a struggle against paganism with such of its manifestation as magic and sorcery as official church propaganda proclaimed after all”“A cover up campaign was orchestrated to protect the perpetrators affiliated with the church who murdered a person well disposed toward Christians We contend against this silence when from the extant fragments we undertake to reconstruct the life and achievements of Hypatia”