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3.34  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  16 reviews
This remarkable work examines the life and times of Hypatia, child of God and illuminator of mankind. Set in the early 5th century AD, the events and personalities of that important turning point in Western Civilization are presented in great mystical detail. There is a great lesson portrayed in the book and it is about to be repeated in our time.

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Published June 1st 2005 by Dodo Press (first published 1853)
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Lissa Notreallywolf
Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a difficult read, two volumes of victorian historical fiction addressing a feminist heroine, Hypatia. If you have heard of her at all, you know that she was a Greek mathematician who was dragged to death or cut to pieces by seashells in 4th century century Alexandria. Christian zealots were responsible for her murder, apparently completed on the altar of a church. Kingsley's novel takes some intestinal fortitude, not only because the namesake is gruesomely slaughtered, but also because ...more
Youhanna William
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
لا يمكن لأحد انكار التشابه بينها و بين عزازيل ليوسف زيدان و ان لم يكن إلى هذا الحد الفادح .. لاتزال الأسئلة تدور حول مقتل هيباتيا وهل بالفعل كانوا المسيحيين ؟ و هل للبابا كيرلس يد في هذه الجريمة .. و ان كانت له فهل هذا يلغي إثرائه للمكتبة الأبائية بأحد اعطم الكتب ك"حوار حول الثالوث." تساؤلا ت يطرحها القارىء و يسعى الكاتب للوصول إليها . ...more
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Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
For a book that started so well, I was mightily disappointed with the progression and ending of this one. Charles Kingsley does a good job showing the corruption of the catholic church in the 5th century but he completely gets Hypatia wrong. Being a christian he is obsessed with belief, and I think the whole point is that Hypatia's life was devoted to mathematics and astronomy, to finding proofs for reality rather than justification for belief. He has her completely frazzled because she can't co ...more
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ফিলামন। তরুন খ্রিস্টান সন্ন্যাসী। খ্রিস্ট ধর্মের প্রতি তার অন্ধ বিশ্বাস। একেই দুনিয়ার সেরা এবং একমাত্র ধর্ম হিসেবে জানে সে। ছোট থেকে দুই সন্ন্যাসীর কাছে বড় হয়। ১৮ বছর হলে সে দুনিয়া ঘুরে দেখার ইচ্ছেয় মঠ থেকে বিদায় নিয়ে বের হয় আলেকজেন্দ্রিয়ার পথে ছোট একটা ডিংগী নিয়ে। পথে দেখা হয়ে যায় গথ আর পতিতা পেলাজিয়ার সাথে। পেলাজিয়া তাকে আশ্রয় দেয়। আর গথেরা তাকে যোদ্ধা বানাতে চায়।

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Aug 12, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I deeply wanted to like this book. Hypatia is a historical figure: a woman who was a notable mathematician, philosopher, astronomer that lived in Egypt during Roman rule (about 4th century AD). I struggled through a few chapters of dreck about a young and particularly holy Christian monk, and the weary political machinations surrounding the Heathen Priestess Hypatia, and gave up. Nice Illustrations, though. The edition I have is too old to have an ISBN, and doesn't include a copyright date. The ...more
Ahmed عويضة
I was celebrating when I found myself reading page 310 of this boring novel, but I was confused also because it is only 10 pages remaining and many lines must end.
Then I sadly found the surprise, this book is just volume 1 of the novel and there is volume 2 which I will not read at least during the upcoming 2 months.
It is very hard to read a boring novel written in Vectorian English, I am really exhausted.
and by the way till now I didn't find anything that can be used to accuse Youssef Zidan b
Hend Hafez
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect 👍👍👍
Making an ancient mathematical genius a Victorian Christian ideal was not a good idea for this author. The writing is also poor.
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
I didnt like the writing style of this book at all
Rowena Eddy
Jul 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
I only listened to about 3 chapters of this. Not my cup of tea!
Apr 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
The story of the title character, a woman who was one of the last of the traditional philosophers of the classic Greco-Roman world. She vainly attempts to resist the forces of Christianity and barbarism that are sweeping that world away into the Dark Ages in the final days of the Roman Empire. Her tragic fate as a martyr to that tradition is inevitable. An interesting story about an interesting woman and time, but way to long with to much time spent on many other characters.
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The story of Hypatia - mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher - who was caught up in a conflict between the Church and the Roman Empire, and murdered by a Christian mob in 415 AD. The Alexandrian school of philosophy died with her. Hypatia's murder was its deathblow, writes Kingsley, its light flickering down to the very socket. Although fictionalised, Kingsley's account of Hypatia's life is well researched and remains largely true to history. Very readable, very impressive. ...more
Michael Dobbie
read this quite a while back, came to mind to add here, mainly as a great bit of history and a time in my life when i was getting inspired by those who stood up for 'truth', whatever that means to me now... ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not a fan. Fairly anti-Semitic. Dull writing.
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Charles Kingsley was an English clergyman, university professor, historian, and novelist, particularly associated with the West Country and north-east Hampshire.

He was educated at Helston Grammar School before studying at King's College London, and the University of Cambridge. Charles entered Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1838, and graduated in 1842. He chose to pursue a ministry in the church.

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