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Hypatia was born around AD 340-370.  She was a Greek Neoplatonist philosopher in 3rd Century Roman Egypt, and the daughter of mathematician Theon Alexandricus. She was the first historically noted female in mathematics, and was head of the Platonist School in Alexandria, Egypt. 

Hypatia was also associated with the Academy of Athens, and taught philosophy and astronomy to a diverse group of students, including pagans, Christians, and foreigners. She was the last Librarian of the Library of Alexandria in the Museum of Alexandria.

Hypatia was murdered by Christian radicals after being accused of inciting religious turmoil, witchcraft and godlessness.

The film Agora, starring Rachel Weisz as Hypatia, is a historical drama set in Roman Egypt. It is worth watching!


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  1. History Of The Third Reich - Kolmannen Valtakunnan Historia
    Sep 11, 2013 @ 22:56:08

    Great post. Thank you.

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