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    Posted: 03 Feb 2018 at 13:56
The late antique philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria has according to Professor Edward J Watts become the Greeco-Roman worlds fifth most well known philosopher which have a loot to do with her being lifted up by history popularizes like Carl Sagan and Bettany Hughes(plus that movie from 2009).

While they usually like to present Hypatia as a generic twentieth century free-thinker I think most people who cover her in the media and in some literature often miss or suppress several important aspects that I think are essential to understand who Hypatia really was. The most important ones are...

- The power in society Hypatia obtained via her connections with the city council and her students.

- Hypatia´s philosophical believes about the world, herself and her relationship to God and how her spiritual metaphysics was tied to her works in mathematics and astronomy(Probably the biggest aspect that seldom get covered).

- And of course the context and events that led up to Hypatia´s death which is often overlooked in in favor of a simplistic just-so story about secular reason vs. Religious fanaticism.

Il cover these topics in more detail as well as refuting some popular myths about Hypatia in a quick overview on the History of Hypatia I made recently. If your interested, feel free to take a look and give some comments on the claims I make and if you think there is something I miss or misrepresents.

"As a historian, all I wan´t to do is get the story straight based on the evidence we have"

- Ronald Numbers.
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Interesting presentation, I have read the book by Marija(?) but forgot the political aspect of it.  
Could you please _here_ post the biographical sources that deal with Hypatia of Alexandria.  Both modern and ancient.

Two things, 
1) Hypatia is depicted as a beautiful, mature woman of her thirties or forties, when if you look at the chronology, (I seem to remember) she was probably in her sixties or seventies when she died.  Of course a young beautiful Hypatia sells better for the legend of martyrdom.

2)  I believe Cyril was later known as St. Cyril the Great.  What was so great about him?  He reminds me of the sunni cleric, Machta al Sadr. (sp?), who was/is a thug who murdered one of his rivals (Machta al Murder.).  I wonder if it is the case that if you do thuggery on a great scale, one gets known as a saint? 

I didn't know about the strife between the Jewish element and the followers of Cyril.  Thank you Q and I for the illumination.
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