Mathematician, Philosopher, Myth

Charlotte Booth

This biography tells the story behind the myth of Hypatia, the female philosopher murdered at the hands of Christian fundamentalists.
Date Published :
April 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
28 color and black & white illustrations
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781555460
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
Stock Status : In stock


This biography of Hypatia, the female philosopher and mathematician in Christian Egypt, provides background on her work and her life as an elite woman at this time. There are many myths about Hypatia, including her research, inventions and the impact of her murder, all based on a handful of contemporary resources. Through presenting the different theories and myths alongside the available evidence, this book will enable the reader to make their own interpretations about her life.

Whilst the evidence does leave many questions unanswered, this book provides the evidence as it stands, separating the myth from reality. There is very little published on Hypatia and she forms quite a niche market in the history of ancient Egypt. However, she is an interesting example of how multicultural Alexandria functioned at such an unstable political time, and provides anecdotal evidence of the atrocities that occurred. This book will appeal to scholars, lay people and political and religious researchers, and will show that the history of Egypt does not end at Cleopatra.

About The Author

Charlotte Booth is a freelance Egyptologist with a PhD in Egyptology. She has had numerous books and articles published on all aspects of Egyptology.

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