Hypatia of Alexandria by Michael Deakin

Hypatia.jpgWatching the movie Agora led me to learn more about the mathematician, astronomer and philosopher Hypatia. Since little is known about her because her writings were destroyed, Michael Deakin focuses on her mathematical and scientific reputation by including surviving historical accounts of her and her work, especially from her former student Synesius' (Bishop of Cyrene) correspondence with her. Follow the political and religious turmoil in 5th century Alexandria, Egypt that led to her gruesome torture and murder by a Christian lynch mob during a showdown between Orestes, Prefect of Alexandria, and Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria. Check catalog for availability.

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