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Remembering Hypatia: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

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On a November night in Egypt, 414 A.D., one of history's most brilliant individuals was assassinated. Her name was Hypatia, teacher and scientist of the fabled Great Library of Alexandria and the last glimmer of hope before the Dark Ages.

The Roman Empire is crumbling, the fragments of the classical world regrouping in Egypt when Thasos, son of an ill-fated scholar, meets
Paperback, 292 pages
Published February 23rd 2005 by iUniverse
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This work of historical fiction tells the tale of the murder of Hypatia, a prominent mathematician and the daughter of Theon, who was a scholar at the Great Library of Alexandria. As historical fiction, some characters are based upon real people, but the disclaimer at the front of the book notes that all characters are used fictitiously. For this reason, it is interesting to see where the story meets reality.

There is a lot of good discussion of ancient mathematics and philosophy in this novel. H
I picked up this book after listening to Brian Trent being interviewed about it on a podcast (Skeptics' Guide to the Universe). I think my expectations were too high. Trent did a wonderful job during the interview I listened to- he is intelligent and well spoken so I figured that this book would be amazing. Plus, I wanted to know more about Hypatia after revisiting the first part of Carl Sagan's Cosmos recently. The material that Trent chose to work with is fascinating- there is no doubt that ma ...more
Wes Bishop
A good book. I would recommend this to people who enjoy historical fiction. I am familiar with Trent's work from various essays and articles I have read of his (one which was quite good in the Humanist) but this book does have certain issues.

Sometimes given to the melodramatic, the book is ultimately a polemical work discussing the church vs. science debate/ free thought vs. dogmatic thinking argument we see in our current "culture wars." Many readers would be correct in pointing this out, and i
Sam toer
Brian Trent chronicles the last days of Hypatia's life. Hypatia was a mathematician, astronomer, and a philosopher who lived in Alexandrea, Egypt and taught in the city's famous great library in the 4th century AD. She was beautiful and intelligent. One of her contemporaries said that many came from a great distance to hear her explain the principles of philosophy, adding that she did not feel "abashed in going to an assembly of men. For all men on account of her extraordinary dignity and virtue ...more
I had never heard of Hypatia until I watched the movie "Agora" a few months ago. Hypatia was a female mathematician and astronomer in an age when a woman had to walk behind her man in public. Hypatia fully devoted her life to science, never marrying or having children. Brian Trent did a great job of setting the political and religious moods that led to the tragic death and murder of Hypatia. Although this is a work of fiction, true events were the basis for this book.
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