Hypatia

Title

Hypatia

Subject

Academia

Description

Academic in ancient Greece who taught mathematics, philosophy, and astronomy

Creator

Amy French

Source

Image: drawn by Jules Maurice Gaspard, public domain

Birth Date

0350

Birthplace

Alexandria, Egypt

Death Date

0415

Occupation

Philosopher and mathematician

Biographical Text

A Greek philosopher who was also the first woman to be well-documented in the field of mathematics. She was the head of the Platonist School in Alexandria, where she also taught philosophy and astronomy. Her beliefs encouraged logic and mathematical study in place of empirical inquiry, and strongly enforced the need for governing laws in society. She was eventually killed by a mob after she was accused of exacerbating a political conflict in Alexandria.

Bibliography

Alic, Margaret . Hypatia's Heritage : a history of women in science from antiquity through the nineteenth century. (Boston: Beacon Press, 1986).

Dzielska, Maria. Hypatia of Alexandria. (Harvard University Press, 1996).

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Date Added
June 11, 2014
Collection
Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences
Item Type
Person
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Citation
Amy French, “Hypatia,” Women Who Dared, accessed September 18, 2019, https://womenwhodared.omeka.net/items/show/30.