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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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Mar 17, 2017 Jane rated it really liked it
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3.5/5. The author's take on Hypatia, the pagan woman philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer of 4th and 5th century Alexandria, a city known for its religious tolerance, as well as for the Great Library. Hypatia teaches there and single-mindedly pursues her science. She does have high placed friends, a lawyer, Governor Orestes, a general, and the group's elder Synesius of Cyrene. This group has studied at the Library.
Religious intolerance gets out of hand at the instigation of Cyril the Arch
Mar 03, 2009 Scott rated it liked it
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
Jul 18, 2010 Naleen rated it it was ok
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
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Feb 11, 2017 Becki Basley rated it it was amazing
This is going to be one of the most personal reviews I have written in awhile. I originally wrote in on my Facebook page and debated about sharing such thoughts on a book review but I decided to share knowing and understanding that it is never the same for anyone esle.

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" Tonight, Thasos told his listeners, " the sky will glimmer with stars. Watch them. Realize they are 'something we can understand' You must be an observer of this world! Gather facts and
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Jul 17, 2010 Sam toer rated it it was amazing
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
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Dec 18, 2013 Wes Bishop rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 08, 2011 Aspasia rated it really liked it
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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