Monday, February 17, 2014

Fact of the Day: Hypatia

The first female mathematician might very well be the Greek astronomer and philosopher Hypatia. Despite being one of Alexandria's greatest minds, not everyone appreciated her. She was murdered by a group of Christians who were most likely led by Alexandria's Bishop Cyril. The reason why Cyril hated her is apparently that she caused some conflict between him and the Roman governor Orestes. 

16 comments:

  1. Even then, it is the christians...........

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  2. Poor woman. A bunch of ignorant fools murdered her...

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  3. wasn't she played by Rachel Weisz in AGORA?

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  4. She was a great woman but history hasn't recognize her achievements ( sorry, sometimes I can't find the words to express what I want) Have you seen a film called Agora? It deals with this character. Kisses:)

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  5. How horrible of him - and so very not Christian....?

    -Kati

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  6. neat fact....politics way back then.

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  7. I wonder if she had any ties to Pythagoras. If so, she may tie right into the tale I'm weaving. Thanks for this interesting tidbit!

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  8. Those early Christians really were a cranky lot.

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  10. I had not heard of Hypatia. What an interesting anecdote!

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  11. I haven't heard of her before, but that's too bad about her tragic end.

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  12. Sigh... This is so sad and frustrating to know.

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