The murder of ancient Alexandria's greatest scholar - Soraya Field Fiorio
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Soraya Field Fiorio writes about the turbulence of Alexandria and the historical events that led to Hypatia’s murder
Catherine Nixey writes a history detailing the rise of Christianity and the destruction of ancient Roman life called The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World
Given the dearth of information about Hypatia’s life, reliable biographies about her are scarce. Two carefully researched books are Maria Dzielska’s Hypatia of Alexandria and Edward J. Watts’ The Life and Legend of an Ancient Philosopher
Michael A. B. Deakin wrote Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr. The author, a mathematician, explores in detail how the ancients viewed mathematics as a subject with spiritual overtones. The book also contains an appendix with the known primary sources about Hypatia.
The film Agora is about Hypatia. While many characters are invented or are composite characters, the film is overall historically accurate in its representation of Alexandria, the political instability of the time, and the teachings of Hypatia.
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