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Learned Women In The Alexandrian Scholarship And Society Of Late Hellenism

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On the soil of Alexandrian struggles and dramas, on the Hypatia's sacrifice, on the fanaticism of the mob and anguish of her disciples, Luzi says, the structures and ideas of Christian Europe took root. The community of historians of science is busy developing various theories and speculating on whether some comments by Hypatia can be traced in the surviving writings of Diophantus and Apollonius of Perge and in later commentaries on their works. The account of Hypatia's death handed down by John of Nikiu is consistent with Damascius' information discussed above which indicates that Hypatia gave public lectures in philosophy in the midst of the city. Damascius met Aedesia in the early 480s when she was already an old lady and he, "very young, a mere boy," was just beginning studies in Alexandria at the famous school of rhetoric and philosophy of Horapollon, a center of paganism.

Keywords: Aedesia; Alexandrian; Apollonius; Christian; Damascius; Diophantus; Hypatia



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