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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 intolerance whose 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 led to her tragic murder....

Title : Hypatia: The Life and Legend of an Ancient Philosopher (Women in Antiquity)
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ISBN : 0190210036
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Oxford University Press 1 edition March 14, 2017
Number of Pages : 224 pages
File Size : 663 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Hypatia: The Life and Legend of an Ancient Philosopher (Women in Antiquity) Reviews

  • customer
    2019-03-30 12:14

    This is a scholarly work by an esteemed historian of late antiquity. It covers much more than the events leading up to Hypatia's death (events and motivations still disputed to this day). Also gives an excellent background of the intellectual and social climate of Alexandria during this period. My guess is that this will become the definitive work on this subject.

  • Brintkt
    2019-03-29 13:14

    Watts does an excellent job of creating the immediate political and social environment that Hypatia lived within. Acknowledging that every book is a huge undertaking, this would have been a little more interesting had more effort been expended to investigate and document the conditions of the lower status Alexandrian population. There were obviously at least two economic strata in the city during this period, and at least three to four religious groups, all existing in a period of social, political, and religious if not economic uncertainty. More background on this might have provided greater insight into Hypatia's fate, possibly from the results of high social uncertainty - Hogg, M.A. and Adelman, J. (2013). "Uncertainty–Identity Theory: Extreme Groups, Radical Behavior, and Authoritarian Leadership." Journal of Social Issues, 69(3), pp. 436-454.

  • Kristin Ohman
    2019-04-03 08:27

    Most complete biography yet of Hypatia.

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-04-13 09:13

    Super! Easy read, but not lacking in information, interstesting and well worth the read.