While reading online over the weekend, I saw this post come up at the TOFSpot.
It's part of a series of articles on Hypatia, philosopher and social leader of Alexandria during the 4th Century.
Reading the careful review of original sources, and the historical narrative, reminded me yet again: the past is a foreign country.
Especially the past of Egypt, during late-Roman times.
The story of Hypatia is strange an interesting.
It is also a story that seems ripe to be embellished into an anti-Christian story. (Or anti-Catholic story, for those who don't recall that Alexandria was part of the Orthodox, and later Coptic, branches of Christianity.)
Mike Flynn does his best to demolish the simplistic, anti-Christian story about Hypatia. It's an interesting story, even for those people who are only dimly aware of Hypatia, or of the history of Eastern Christianity.