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A Woman Before Her Time

Hannah Calzone

on 6 February 2014

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Transcript of Hypatia

Early Years
Daughter of Theon.
Mother unknown.
Theon educated Hypatia.
She had an interest in math, science, astrology, horse-back riding and swimming
Hypatia never married.
Hypatia studied mathematics, astrology, astronomy and philosophy.

Theon taught Hypatia how to be a great orator and teacher.
Employment -
Mathematician, Astronomer, Teacher & Philosopher
Hypatia taught arithmetic, geometry and astronomy.
She taught students about Aristotle and Plato.
Two of her most famous students were: Orestes (governor of Alexandria) and Synesius (bishop of Ptolemais).
Contribution to Mathematics
A commentary on Diophantus'
- methods for solving algebraic expressions

A commentary on Ptolemy's
"The Astronomical Canon"
- world based on earth-centered system

A commentary on Apollonius'
- geometry (3-dimensional concepts)
"Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them."

Works Cited
355 A.D.?
or 370A.D.?
415 A.D.
A Time of Conflict in Alexandria During Hypatia's Life
By Hannah Calzone
Tragic Death
Orestes, the governor of Alexandria, and Cyril, the Bishop of Alexandria, argued.

Rumor spread among the Christians.

Hypatia was attacked and murdered.

Pagan temples were torn down.

Scholars, artists, scientists ... left Alexandria.
Dzielska, Maria. Hypatia of Alexandria. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1995. Print.

"Hypatia, Ancient Alexandria's Great Female Scholar." Smithsonian. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

"Hypatia." Hypatia. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.

Justice, Faith L. Hypatia: Her Life and times. S.l.: S.n., 2012. Print.

Love, D. Anne., and Pamela Paparone. Of Numbers and Stars: The Story of Hypatia. New York: Holiday House, 2006. Print.
A Woman Before Her Time
In Alexandria, Egypt
"Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all."
Alexandria was a center of culture and a major port.
The city attracted scholars, scientists, and more.
People immigrated to Alexandria.
Religious disagreements grew.
A legendary library housing 500,000 scrolls was destroyed.
The magnificent Temple of Serapis was also destroyed.
NOTE: Much of her work is uncertain. She collaborated with her father.
Hypatia probably did not invent these, but did teach students how to build these:
The Hydrometer - instrument used to measure relative gravity or density of liquids.
The Astrolabe - instrument used to observe and calculate the position of celestial bodies.
Hypatia's Legacy
Through teaching earlier mathematicians' and scholars' writings, Hypatia kept their knowledge alive.
"Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel, the more truth we can comprehend.
To understand the things that are at our door
is the best preparation for understanding
those that lie beyond." - Hypatia
Age at death:
probably 60 years old
Famous Quotations
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