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Hypatia of Alexandria
Definition by Joshua J. Mark

Hypatia of Alexandria

Hypatia of Alexandria (c. 370 - March 415) was a female philosopher and mathematician, born in Alexandria, Egypt possibly in 370 (although some scholars cite her birth as c. 350). Little is known of her life but her dramatic death at the...
Hypatia of Alexandria
Image by Elbert Hubbard

Hypatia of Alexandria

Hypatia of Alexandria (370-415), sketch by Elbert Hubbard, 1908, from his work Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Teachers.
Passing of Philosophy to Religion: The Death of Hypatia
Article by Joshua J. Mark

Passing of Philosophy to Religion: The Death of Hypatia

The death of the philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria (l. c. 370-415) has long been considered the "passage of philosophy to religion", exemplifying the transition from the pagan values of antiquity to those of the new religion of Christianity...
Alexandria, Egypt
Definition by Joshua J. Mark

Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria is a port city on the Mediterranean Sea in northern Egypt founded in 331 BCE by Alexander the Great. It was the site of the Pharos (lighthouse), one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and the legendary Library of Alexandria...
Library of Alexandria
Definition by Joshua J. Mark

Library of Alexandria

The Library of Alexandria was established under the Ptolemaic Dynasty of Egypt (323-30 BCE) and flourished under the patronage of the early kings to become the most famous library of the ancient world, attracting scholars from around the...
Historical Accuracy in the Film Agora
Article by Joshua J. Mark

Historical Accuracy in the Film Agora

In 2009, film director Alejandro Amenabar brought the story of Hypatia of Alexandria (c. 370-415 CE) to the screen through the feature film Agora. Years later, the movie continues to draw criticism from Christian writers for its depiction...
What happened to the Great Library at Alexandria?
Article by Brian Haughton

What happened to the Great Library at Alexandria?

Once the largest library in the ancient world, and containing works by the greatest thinkers and writers of antiquity, including Homer, Plato, Socrates and many more, the Library of Alexandria, northern Egypt, is popularly believed to have...
Hypatia of Alexandria: The Female Mathematician, Astronomer and Philosopher
Video by Kelly Macquire

Hypatia of Alexandria: The Female Mathematician, Astronomer and Philosopher

Hypatia of Alexandria was a mathematician, astronomer, Neoplatonist philosopher and professor at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. We actually don’t know that much about her life but her death is well-documented. Hypatia was born in 370...
Hypatia and Theon of Alexandria
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Hypatia and Theon of Alexandria

A still from the movie Agora (2009) showing Hypatia of Alexandria (played by Rachel Weisz) explaining something to Theon of Alexandria (played by Michael Lonsdale).
Hypatia of Alexandria Experimenting
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Hypatia of Alexandria Experimenting

Hypatia of Alexandria portrayed by Rachel Weisz in the motion picture "Agora".
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