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The Beauty of Reasoning: A Reexamination of Hypatia and Alexandria   PDF
Bryan Whitfield

Vol. 6, No. 1

Hypatia’s murder at the hands of a violent mob has for centuries been used as a symbol of the struggle between emerging Christian thought and declining Hellenism. The nature of her death, however, is over-simplified when used to engender a specific feeling towards religious or political ideals of her time. The truth is more complex and more political than previous religious writings have indicated. In fact, Hypatia’s legacy of reason and proof would require that a reader interested in understanding her life’s work should also understand the uniqueness of the events surrounding her death.

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