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  • John Dilon
    Nov 7, 2008
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      > --- In neoplatonism@yahoogroups.com <mailto:neoplatonism%40yahoogroups.com> ,
      > "vaeringjar" <vaeringjar@...>
      > wrote:
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      >> > Odd I thought I knew all the Pre-Raphaelites and representations of
      >> > Hypatia, but not this one. Somehow, given her famous or infamous
      >> > comment to one of her admirers who fancied her, I don't think she
      >> > would be amused by this portrait at all.
      >> >
      >> > Now that this subject has come up, does anyone have any opinions of
      >> > this (relatively) new biography of Hypatia by Michael Deakin?
      > Here's
      >> > a link to it at Barnes and Noble:
      >> >
      >> > http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Hypatia-of-Alexandria/Michael-A-B-
      >> > Deakin/e/9781591025207/?itm=5
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      > I've not seen this book yet (thanks for mentioning it) but I did read
      > the biography of Hypatia by Maria Dzielska:
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      > http://www.amazon.com/Hypatia-Alexandria-Revealing-Antiquity-
      > Dzielska/dp/0674437764/
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      > The editorial review of the Deakins book says: "Her life ended
      > tragically in violence at the hands of a rampaging mob of Christian
      > fanatics, who killed her for her 'pagan' beliefs" -- which is of
      > course the popular view (epitomized by the portrayal of Edward
      > Gibbon).
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      > It seems implausible to me that Hypatia would have been killed merely
      > for "pagan beliefs." First, from the Dzielska book, it seems that
      > there was a serious political struggle going on in which Hypatia was
      > centrally involved', and a political motive seems more likely.
      >
      > Further, it seems implausible that an accusation merely of pagan
      > beliefs would incite a mob action; I seem to recall in the Dzielska
      > book that the accusations more concerned specific charges of
      > witchcraft -- alleged magical activities which intentionally produced
      > certain evils that befell the Alexandarians (or the Christian
      > community).
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      > John Uebersax
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      She was a serious bluestocking, and far too politically influential to suit
      the Patriarch Cyril. JMD


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