Hypatia of Alexandria. Who was she? A brilliant young mathematician and scientist, murdered by a religious mob? An aging academic taken out by a rival political force? A sorceress who kept the Prefect and people of Alexandria in thrall through satanic wiles? Did she discover that the earth circled the sun 1000 years before Copernicus or was she merely a gifted geometry teacher? Discover the answers to these questions and more through this collection of articles on the life and times of Hypatia, Lady Philosopher of Alexandria.
Hypatia has been the subject of much mythmaking through the centuries. She’s featured in poetry, plays, novels and movies. Many people “quote” her, including: “Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies.” The author has studied Hypatia and her times since 1980. No writing by this famous philosopher has survived. This oft-quoted statement and many others are fabrications—fables—created by modern authors. Ironically, many who champion truth perpetuate a mythical version of Hypatia’s life and words. This collection of essays pulls back the curtain and lets the reader see the real Hypatia, a remarkable woman in her own right. The author is sure you’ll find Hypatia needs no embellishment to be a heroine.