Hypatia was a philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician, who lived in Alexandria, Egypt. She was a prominent thinker of the Neoplatonic school in Alexandria where she taught philosophy and astronomy. She is the first female mathematician whose life is reasonably well recorded. Hypatia was renowned as a great teacher and a wise counselor. She wrote commentaries on the major mathematical and astronomical texts of her day.
Hypatia is known to have constructed astrolabes and hydrometers, but did not invent either of these. Although she herself was a pagan, ancient sources record that Hypatia was widely beloved by believers and non-believers. Towards the end of her life, Hypatia became embroiled in politics and, in March 415 AD, she was murdered by a mob. Her murder shocked the empire and transformed her into a "martyr for philosophy”. During the Age of Enlightenment, she became a symbol of opposition to established religions. Hypathia’s example can be used to encourage young women to pursue non-traditional roles with the confidence that they are the intellectual equals of men. In the twentieth century, Hypatia was seen as an icon for women's rights and a precursor to the feminist movement.
Pretend you’re a philosopher and write one or two easy-to-understand sentences that explain this quotation from Hypatia. Ask the class (or your friends) to choose the one they think best expresses her meaning.
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“ Men will fight for a superstition as quickly as for a living truth.” ––Hypatia
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