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:

Bob Bushell said...

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

Emmylou said...

Poor Hypatia....

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

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

Pat Hatt said...

Religion blinds many it seems

DEZMOND said...

wasn't she played by Rachel Weisz in AGORA?

Pilar Domínguez said...

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:)

Pilar Domínguez said...

and main actress is Rachel Weisz.

Kati said...

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

-Kati

Christine said...

neat fact....politics way back then.

A Beer for the Shower said...

A woman learning? How dare she!

Shockgrubz said...

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!

Al Penwasser said...

Those early Christians really were a cranky lot.

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Fundy Blue said...

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

Theresa Mahoney said...

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

Kay said...

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