The Beacon at Alexandria - Hera Author:Gillian Bradshaw When Charis learns that her father has betrothed her to the hated Roman governor Festinus, she enlists the aid of her brother and flees to Alexandria. There, disguised as a eunuch, she begins to study Hippocratic medicine under the tutelage of a patient Jewish physician. The young woman excels as a healer and her fame spreads. Political intrigue... more »s force her to frontier outposts of the Roman Empire where she practices as an army doctor. She succeeds in maintaining her disguise until she is captured and held prisoner by the Goths during their uprising against the Romans. Bradshaw has superbly re-created the political, social, and intellectual climate of the 4th century A.D. and the attitudes towards woman and medicine in this excellent work for most public libraries. -- Library Journal« less
The story of a woman of 4th century Ephesus wh escapes marriage to a tyrant and poses as a man so she can stury medicine in Alexandria. I good story which gives readers a picture of life during ancient times.