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Beacon at Alexandria, The

Author(s): Bradshaw, Gillian [Marucha] Pages: 376
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co Date of Publication: 1986
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Alexandria Period: 371-378 AD (Code: 9b)
Rome Setting: n Christian/Jewish/Pagan: c/p
Mystery: n First Person: y
Detective/Narrator: Charis
Subject: Pagans versus Christians versus heretics. Charis, female assistant to a Jewish doctdor in Alexandria becomes physician to Athanasios & becomes involved in the Arian vs Nicene struggles over his successor, after which she goes to Thrace & meets various Visigoths. ---- A woman wants to be a doctor in 371 AD? Impossible - the Christians, pagans and Jews are all against it. Yet Charis pretends to be a eunuch and becomes a 'Hippocratic.' Her disguise works even while she is an army doctor in Thrace, but falls apart upon her capture by Goths. (R Breindel)
Unique Qualities: Female doctor
Rating: vg (FM); There is a large amount of information about ancient medicine here, as well as a very tame love story. The book reads well and is suitable for high school and above. (R Breindel)
Review By: C Robert Phillips,III
Review In: PCA Newsletter May 89: '...riveting plot...thoroughly researched...lively, realistic, and accurate'

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