Journals Higher Education



Published: 14 March 2017

224 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190210038

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The Life and Legend of an Ancient Philosopher

Edward J. Watts

Women in Antiquity

  • First full English-language scholarly treatment of Hypatia in over 25 years; takes advantage of new techniques for reading ancient letter collections and philosophical and mathematical commentaries
  • Uncovers a number of previously unnoticed early modern sources and uses them to speak at length about Hypatia's modern legacy
  • Presents Hypatia as a subtle hero who pursued her teaching and public careers despite the gossip, scrutiny, and more subtle misogyny she persistently endured
  • Radical attempt to illuminate that Hypatia's murder was not the result of a mob that set out to kill her but an unfortunate (and probably accidental) encounter