Why did I love this book?
I fell in love with Hypatia, the fifth-century mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher when she was featured in an art installation. She had a romantic story: a beautiful pagan scholar, revered by her students and the Alexandrian city fathers and murdered by a Christian mob. I embarked on a quest to find out more about this remarkable woman whom I’d never heard of and vowed to tell her story.
However, the facts on the ground were scant and contradictory. Hypatia was young or maybe sixty when she died. She was murdered because she was a woman or a pagan or collateral damage in a political play. This book answered all my questions and more. It launched my writing career. Recommended as a readable book for the history buff.