Hypatia Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

Cameron, Alan. "Isidore of Miletus and Hypatia: On the Editing of Mathematical Texts." Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 31, No. 1 (Spring 1990): 103-27.

Examines in detail conflicting theories about the extent of Hypatia's contribution to Theon's edition of Ptolemy's Almagest. Cameron hypothesizes that she was responsible for editing the text of Books III through XIII but that her father wrote all the commentary.

Dzielska, Maria. "Hypatia and Her Circle." In her Hypatia of Alexandria. Revealing Antiquity 8, G. W. Bowersock, general editor, pp. 27-65. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1995.

Focuses on Hypatia's coterie of students and her mode of instruction, citing many letters of Synecius of Cyrene, together with pertinent details from Socrates Scholasticus's Ecclesiastical History and Damasc-ius's Life of Isidore. Dzielska emphasizes the secret-iveness of Hypatia's community of philosophical protégés as well as the intellectual and moral elitism of her students.

Kingsley, Charles. Hypatia, or, New Foes with an Old Face. London: Oxford University Press, 1915, 459 p.

A historical novel noted for its lively and authentic descriptions of fifth-century Alexandria, its lurid account of Hypatia's death, and its rancorous portrayal of the early church. First published in serial form in 1851, the novel was issued in book form in 1853.

Waithe, Mary Ellen. "Hypatia of Alexandria." In A History of Women Philosophers, edited by Mary Ellen Waithe, Vol. 1, pp. 169-95. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff.

A general discussion of what is known—or conjectured—about Hypatia's life, her role as a teacher, and her major commentaries. Waithe also describes the principal recensions of Hypatia's works.