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Hypatia of Alexandria by Maria Dzielska
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Nov 24, 2011

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I ordered this book by mail and anxiously awaited its delivery. It held such promise, this story of the life of a woman in ancient Alexandria, a philosopher, a mathematician, a respected leader of the community who ends up murdered - most likely on the orders of a Catholic Churh official who would eventually go on to sainthood. While the book certainly did outline the well-researched available history of Hypatia, her life and, especially, her times, it did so in a cold, scientific, detached manner which failed to bring adequate dimension and life to this admirable woman and made little of the nascent church's potential and probable involvement in her death.

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