Selene of Alexandria
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I very much liked Selene, the central character. Reading about women in the past who studied medicine ...more
While most of us are familiar with the early Egyptian historical periods, during the reign of the Pharos, Alexander, Cleopatra, Caesar, Mark Anthony and others, little is known about a Greek lady philosopher named Hypatia. Faith Justice has chosen to pen a historical fiction novel during Hypatia’s life and times in Alexandria during the 410s AD. By then although Christianity ha ...more
The white limestone walls of Alexandria once rose from the Mediterranean Sea like a beacon of light. The most intuitive people and the most amazing minds throughout history sat in Alexandria's famous libraries and museums, speaking ...more
My favorite genre. My favorite time period. Even a feminine heroine and a certain level on unpredictability. It’s a match made in heaven as far as I’m concerned. I started this off by mentioning everything it gave me. I can’t imagine what more I needed. A rating scale I follow says that a 3 star rating is that it was a so-so read. I think it was less than so-so, perhaps even mediocre. Somewhere in between, I think so.
Even people who don’t read historical fiction as obsessively as I do woul ...more
The beginning starts great. Readers meet Selene, a young lady of a reputable family Alexandria, Egypt. Note that this is an Alexandria ruled by Rome so it is actually a part of Rome in this particular time. A new Prefect, Orestes is just arriving to take the reigns of the city that is being ruined by religion wars. While Alexandria's Christians and Jews are constantly rioting in the streets and Ores ...more
The setting is 5 star and well described with good imagery and detail that takes us into this bustling city and its conflicts.
But what is it about...I struggled to find what the plot was and the pace was way way too slow. In fact, I wasn't clear what the story was or the 'character arc' i.e how the heroine changes ...more
I chose this book because Hypatia the woman philosopher was mentioned and I thought she would have a central presence in the story. She does and she doesn't.
The new patriarch of the Catholic church was Cyril, a young Reader whose uncle, Theophilus, was dying and determined his nephew should take his place as Patriarch. Had Timothy, a much older and more moderate man, become Patriarch the history of that time would likely have been very different. Selene is the daughter of a council member and a
I LOVED Selene, she was such a great character. I'm really finding it hard to describe her. There were times when she was so strong, emotionally, and yet other times when she would let her emotions take over. She was so strong-willed and yet still understood her place in her world and did as she was supposed to do. I guess the best way I can think to describe her would be, she was a real woman.
I was very attached to Selene. She was just so ...more
I thought that the author did an excellent job of creating the tension in the story between the political and the religious factions existing in Alexandria at the time and bringing them to life with in the persons of Orestes and Cyril. Adding the stories of Selene and her family made this a great read.
Until I read this nov ...more
I am facinated by the "Lady Philosopher" and would like to learn more about her. The fictional character was well written, even though she is young in the beginning, you have to remember that children grew up very fast during this time period.
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