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Hypatia of Alexandria (Revealing Antiquity , No 8) by Maria Dzielska, F. Lyra (Translator).

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Dear Future People is a novel which describes the climax of the Hellenic Age in Egypt. Events follow historic accounts of the civil war between Rome and Constantinople, the destruction of the Temple of Serapis, the ethnic cleansing and massacre of Gothic youth, and a trip down the Nile to seek a prophesy for Emperor Theodosius. Hypatia, a woman, was destined to stand at the center of this time of political power struggle. In translation, quotes from the period are woven into the story. 

Hypatia was born in the later part of the Roman Empire, an era when women were not free to pursue careers. This was a time when orthodox belief effectively wiped out centuries of scientific discovery. Ancient Greek works were torched and scholars were murdered. Hypatia was the last proprietor of the Hellenic Age wonder, the Library of Alexandria. She is portrayed as a young adult facing the issues of a changing world. The reader will discover uncanny parallels to many current situations within the United States and, indeed, the world. Hypatia, a real, historically documented heroine, is a find for today's young adults who are searching for strong, non-fiction role models.

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Hypatia was the daughter of Theon, who was considered one of the most educated men of his time in Alexandria, Egypt. Throughout her childhood, Theon raised Hypatia in an environment of thought. Theon himself was a well known scholar; a professor in mathematics at the University of Alexandria. Theon and Hypatia formed a strong bond as he taught Hypatia his own knowledge and shared his passion in the search for answers to the unknown. As Hypatia grew older, she began to develop an enthusiasm for mathematics and the sciences (astronomy and astrology)... 


Hypatia of Alexandria

Page from the University of Utah.  Michael Deakin calls her the "pre-eminent mathematician of her time", and "the first noted woman mathematician". She was also a brilliant lecturer. Her philosophy was neoplatonist, with religious undertones. This ultimately led to her death at the hands of a Christian mob... 


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Hypatia is the earliest woman scientist whose works have been documented. As a young woman, she traveled to Athens and Italy. Upon her return to Alexandria, she became a philosopher and mathematician. She was appointed to expound the doctrines of Plato and Aristotle and was a noted lecturer on the subjects of mathematics, astronomy, philosophy, and mechanics.


MacTutor History of Mathematics Site:  Hypatia

In 412 Cyril (later St. Cyril) became patriarch of Alexandria. A few years later, according to one report, Hypatia was brutally murdered by the Nitrian monks who were a fanatical sect of Christians who were supporters of Cyril. According to another account (by Socrates Scholasticus) she was killed by an Alexandrian mob under the leadership of the reader Peter...

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Hypatia's works include:

A Commentary on the Arithmetica of Diophantus
A Commentary on the Conics of Apollonious
She edited the third book of her father's Commentary on the Almagest of Ptolemy
The Life of Hypatia from The Suda. This is the first ever English translation of this important source.  
The Life of Hypatia by Socrates Scholasticus. This biography tells the story of her murder.
The Life of Hypatia by John, Bishop of Nikiu. This Christian writer spoke with approval of the murder of Hypatia because "she was devoted at all times to magic, astrolabes, and instruments of music." 
Recommended Reading
"Hypatia: Mathematician, Astronomer, and Philosopher" by Nancy Nietupski in Alexandria 2. An admirable discussion of the known facts and implications.
Hypatia of Alexandria by Maria Dzielska. Harvard: Harvard University Press, 1995.


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The Life of Hypatia

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The Life of Hypatia

By Socrates Scholasticus, from his Ecclesiastical History


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