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  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Hard Press (November 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406931667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406931662
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,792,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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57 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Hawley on April 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
I wish the Rev. Charles Kingsley were here to speak for his book ... but it's a century and a half since he wrote it ... I might not do it justice but I'll do what I can ...
I found a copy of this book at a garage sale and wondered what is Hypatia In Kingsley's preface he suggests that an innocent or tender reader might rather not know. It was a violent era, those first five hundred years after the time of Jesus. Kingsley is right. Even more than I wish I didn't know, I wish this didn't happen.
One of the best things the author says in the whole book is an aside to one of the faithful cautioning that this church might not be God's. You read it and see if you hear it that way. Probably Kingsley didn't like the Catholic Church anyway. I can't say that I blame him right now.
As the Roman empire settled into its form of Christianity, social conflicts resembled the teachings of Jesus not at all. They much more resembled issues of power, acqusition of land, holding of influence.
I wonder how I could live half a lifetime and not know Hypatia's story. For some reason, I am enraged to learn her story from a prolific church writer.
Kingsley writes well enough. He takes a true historical horror and wraps it in plot. I could point to the characters as archetypes and symbols that constellate around various types of betrayal of beauty or truth.
Kingsley creates a fiction to wrap the unthinkable truth. Then he messes a bit with the history and the clerical consciousness of the times and in that, he may be well informed.
Kingsley's portrayal of Hypatia's murder reads more euphemistically than the histories I found using a search engine online.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 5, 2013
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This book is slanted from the very beginning in favor of christianity as if it is the only solution for humanity against every other religion in the world. It presents christianity as if a savior of the world and basically says that it was righteous for the christians to commit the murder of Hypatia and desecration of the world renown library in Alexandria. This is a waste of time for everyone who wants to know the truth. Christians committed murder with Bishop Cyril's approval and nothing was done to make the murders pay for their crime.

Don't waste your time reading this propaganda! Look elsewhere if you want the truth!
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gerard E. Trigo on March 26, 2011
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A classic story based on history. One of Hypatia's crimes appears to have been ready to provide a hypothesis of a heliocentric universe, long before Copernicus and with a much worse response from the Christian community.
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While the observations of history might reflect some research not available in our century, the plot is not gripping--especially when dialogue carries on for a bit without speakers labeled with the lines said. The gladiator scene was not an enhancement. The author does not appreciate Augustine's sermons and leaves the listeners unimpressed. I will finish the book to hear how the brother and sister who have just found each other after many years' separation, finish the story.
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