Wednesday, January 03, 2007



My latest book, Hypatia's Lover, has just been published.

This is a fictionalized account of the last days in the life of Hypatia, the Alexandrian philosopher who was brutally murdered by a Christian mob in 415 AD. The fictional love story is treated allusively, in very light touches, mostly through fleeting recollections evoked by incidents in the sad love stories of two of her students. In the story line the I have not tampered with any known facts.

The tragic tale is followed by a collection of imaginary excerpts from lectures and speeches of Hypatia. The philosophy presented in the imaginary lectures and speeches is confessedly my own. This is rendered pardonable and necessary by the fact that, thanks to the Church, Hypatia’s philosophical works have been completely lost to us.

If the moving portrayal of Hypatia’s tragedy is met with ire in some quarters, I offer no apology and have no regret. Hypatia’s atrocious slaughter is a sore wound in the human conscience that must be kept smarting if it is not to fester and poison the whole human body.