Flow Down Like Silver: Hypatia of Alexandia

Flow Down Like Silver: Hypatia of Alexandia

by Ki Longfellow


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780975925591
Publisher: Eio Books
Publication date: 08/20/2009
Pages: 310
Sales rank: 259,149
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ki Longfellow is the author of the highly praised The Secret Magdalene.
Under the name Pamela Longfellow she wrote China Blues and Chasing
Women. Flow Down Like Silver, a novel of Hypatia of Alexandria is the second of a trilogy on the Divine Feminine. She is now working on the final book, The Woman Who Knew The All, the life of Mary Magdalene after the death of Jesus.

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Flow Down Like Silver: Hypatia of Alexandia 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Bookslive More than 1 year ago
Hypatia of Alexandria Egypt lived sixteen centuries ago. This was a woman who should be better known and much better respected than Cleopatra and certainly Nefertiti. She was a genius and a beauty and the last great teacher of what we call Paganism in all that was left of the Great Library of Alexandria. I grabbed this book as soon as I knew the subject, but I would have read it eaqerly anyway since I was changed by Longfellow's The Secret Magdalene, a Novel...more than a read, an experience. And here she's done it again. I don't know if Longfellow is a great writer (though her writing is beautiful) but I do know she writes of the most important things an artist can tackle. Our deep longing for the personal Divine.
Storminghome More than 1 year ago
I've always been fascinated by Hypatia of Alexandria although I knew very little about her and what I knew made me angry. I also loved Longfellow's other historical novel about Mary Magdalene so this was a must-read for me as soon as I heard about it. And what a read! Alexandria Egypt in the last of the fourth century and the first few years of the fifth, the Roman Empire splitting in two, barbarians beating down all doors, Christianity slowly gathering power and not always for love of God, and in the middle of it all one woman, a genius and a celebrity, standing and speaking for all that had gone before, for reason and for free-thinking and for freedom of the mind and body from another set of MAN-made MAN-serving rules. So exciting and so full of sorrow, yet somehow uplifting, even at the end.
gorgeousglenda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ever since I finished The Secret Magdalene, I've been waiting for the second in this writer's trilogy of the Divine Feminine. The Secret Magdalene stunned me. It took me places few books go. So obviously I was one of the first to get this book and to read it, or at least the first to review it here. {author:Ki Longfellow]'s first book was about Mary Magdalene, but not the Magdalene who's been so abused for so long. Flow Down Like Silver takes place 350 years later in the city of Alexandria, Egypt, the very city Longfellow's Magdalene spent her youth in, practicing the ancient Passion of Osiris. There was no Christianity in her day, but by the time Hypatia lived Christianity existed side by side with the old faiths and ancient mystery teachings. In cities all over the Roman world the struggle was on between them for the human soul. Before Christianity all these teachings tolerated each other. But the new faith tolerated nothing but itself. Hypatia of Alexandria was the last and greatest teacher of philosophy and the mystery schools. She was the last and greatest mathematician. She was and lovely and men sought her out from all over the known world for her learning and her beauty. As a "pagan" (which is a Christian term that is not used as a compliment), she was unashamed of her body and used it as she alone decreed. She valued her own mind, never taking anything on "faith." She was almost modern in her sense of self and her freedom from males. But the time was coming when a woman like Hypatia would no longer be tolerated in the new world fashioned by a new faith. This wonderful book makes us see a world and a woman we should never have forgotten. In the last few pages of this truly gripping book, I admit it, I cried. To think there would be nothing like her until 14 centuries later when Newton took up mathematics where Hypatia so abruptly left off. I knew I would love the writing. Longfellow writes gorgeous lyrical prose. But I'd never heard of Hypatia. Now that I have, I honor her as much as those who once honored her while she lived. And there is a very strong connection here to Mary Magdalene, one that surprised and delighted me. Highly recommended. Another beautiful book. And I loved the cover!
Iudita on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had such high expectations for this book and I was not dissapointed at all. It is wonderful. This is the story of Hypatia, a brilliant and independent woman living in Eygpt several hundred years after the birth of Jesus. It tells us about this incredible woman and her struggles at a time when Christianity is forcing its way across civilization. Longfellow's writing is absolutely beautiful. There are very few books in this world that I would want to read a second time, but this is certainly one of them, if only for the pleasure of Longfellow's beautifully written words.
Leica467 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just read the last page ten minutes ago and when I let it settle a bit I think I might just start all over. What a read and what a writer. Feel the same about The Secret Magdalene. These are not just historical tales so you can live in the past. These are stories to savor in your soul.
Rosemarieme on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If I was a writer I would write a wonderful review, I love this book so much. I do not understand people now or then. Why go out to hurt someone just because they don't feel or think like you do? It made no difference what you did or did not believe in...someone was out to get you. Why can't we be like little children and love everyone and everything? I don't know the answer. As brilliant as Hypatia was she didn't either. I love the characters and how they seem to intertwine together. To make it short and sweet I LOVE THIS BOOK.
ShaggyBag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Waited eagerly for this second in Longfellow's trilogy beginning with The Secret Magdalene. The wait was very worth it. Hypatia has long been a interest of mine: her beauty and brains and influence and fame, all erased from history by a religion that feared her. Longfellow's portrayal is historical imagining since there is so little available left to base a "true" tale. Instead Longfellow has written a possible plausible tale of great beauty and horror. I know I would love it, and I did. It's a faster read than her Magdalene but no less profound.