Hypatia has been retailored to suit the psychic needs of anybody retrospecting her, rational, romantic, nostalgic, or loony. She also addresses the difficult task of describing her philosophy From the moment she was brutally murdered by a mob of angry Christians, Hypatia became a legend, a figure who has ever since been used and manipulated by artists, writers, poets and feminists. Maria Dzielska in Hypatia of Alexandria, explores who Hypatia was, what she believed, why she was killed and what she has come to symbolize in the centuries since
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Cyril won and immediately began to punish those who had supported Timothy; he closed the churches of the Novatianists , who had supported Timothy, and confiscated their property.
And the governor of the city honoured her exceedingly; for she had beguiled him through her magic. And he ceased attending church as had been his custom And he not only did this, but he drew many believers to her, and he himself received the unbelievers at his house.
For as she had frequent interviews with Orestes, it was calumniously reported among the Christian populace that it was she who prevented Orestes from being reconciled to the bishop.
Watts both dismiss this hypothesis, noting that there is absolutely no evidence in any ancient text to support any part of the hypothesis. The Ptolemaic model of the universe was geocentric , meaning it taught that the sun revolved around the earth. In the Almagest, Ptolemy proposed a division problem for calculating the number of degrees swept out by the sun in a single day as it orbits the earth.
In the text edited by Hypatia, a tabular method is detailed. Heath argued that surviving text of Arithmetica is actually a school edition produced by Hypatia to aid her students. Because of this, most scholars today recognize that Hypatia must have been among the leading mathematicians of her day. It can also be used to predict where the stars and planets will be on any given date. Although modern authors frequently credit Hypatia with having developed a variety of other inventions, these other attributions may all be discounted as spurious.
This reputation is either built on myth or hearsay as opposed to evidence. Either that or we are missing all of the evidence that would support it. Neoplatonism and paganism both survived for centuries after her death. Notable female Neoplatonists who followed her include: Aedesia , Asclepigenia , and Theodora of Emesa , all of whom lived out similar careers. Instead, her death and the subsequent failure by the Christian government to impose justice on her killers destroyed that notion entirely and led future Neoplatonists such as Damascius to consider Christian bishops as "dangerous, jealous figures who were also utterly unphilosophical.
Shelves: history When my youngest daughter started high school they had to do this thing for SOSE Studies of Society and Environment I think it was what I used to call Geography and History, but such names had to be replaced as they were a complete give-away called The Night of the Notables. Basically, the kids had to pick someone from history that they would like to dress up as and to prepare a very brief talk about. Maddy asked for my advice as she wanted to do a woman that was really impressive I When my youngest daughter started high school they had to do this thing for SOSE Studies of Society and Environment — I think it was what I used to call Geography and History, but such names had to be replaced as they were a complete give-away called The Night of the Notables. Maddy asked for my advice as she wanted to do a woman that was really impressive — I suggested Hypatia. Now, Hypathia of Alexandria was nothing if not impressive — she is the patron saint of Agnostics, Enlightenment Types, female mathematicians and anyone else annoyed with the Christian Dark Ages. Then, just for good measure, make her the embodiment of most of the virtues, but mostly and most impressively as everyone that meets her agrees was her sophrosyne.
Hypatia of Alexandria
Hypatia of Alexandria