Hypatia

Hypatia

The Life and Legend of An Ancient Philosopher

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A philosopher, mathematician, and martyr, Hypatia is one of antiquity's best known female intellectuals. During the sixteen centuries following her murder, by a mob of Christians, Hypatia has been remembered in books, poems, plays, paintings, and films as a victim of religious intolerancewhose death symbolized the end of the Classical world. But Hypatia was a person before she was a symbol. Her great skill in mathematics and philosophy redefined the intellectual life of her home city of Alexandria. Her talent as a teacher enabled her to assemble a circle of dedicated male students.Her devotion to public service made her a force for peace and good government in a city that struggled to maintain trust and cooperation between pagans and Christians. Despite these successes, Hypatia fought countless small battles to live the public and intellectual life that she wanted. This book rediscovers the life Hypatia led, the unique challenges she faced as a woman who succeeded spectacularly in a man's world, and the tragic story of the events that ledto her tragic murder.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2017.
ISBN: 9780190210038
Branch Call Number: 186.4 Hypat-W
Characteristics: xii, 205 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm

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Hypatia is certainly a fascinating historical figure, and Watts presents what little is known in an engaging and informative manner. A quick read, for those interesting in this Alexandrian philosopher.

Hypatia is certainly a fascinating historical figure, and Watts presents what little is known in an engaging and informative manner. A quick read, for those interesting in this Alexandrian philosopher.

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VaughanPLKelly Sep 02, 2017

Hypatia, a neoplatonist philosopher and mathematician from Alexandria, is a fascinating historical figure who lived during the 300s C.E. and early 400s C.E. before being brutally murdered by a mob. Watts' book examines what we know (and don't know) about Hypatia, and I found it a very quick read.... Read More »


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VaughanPLKelly Sep 02, 2017

Hypatia, a neoplatonist philosopher and mathematician from Alexandria, is a fascinating historical figure who lived during the 300s C.E. and early 400s C.E. before being brutally murdered by a mob. Watts' book examines what we know (and don't know) about Hypatia, and I found it a very quick read. It left me wanting to learn more about her, and to delve deeper into this period of history.

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