WOMEN’S HISTORY ☈ HYPATÍA (c. 350/370 – 415)
Hypatía was a Greco-Egyptian mathematician, astronomer, and Platonist philosopher. She was the daughter of a mathematician named Theon of Alexandria and was educated in Athens. One source claimed that she was the wife of Isidore of Alexandria, but this is unlikely since he was born roughly forty years after her death.
In 415, a conflict raged in Alexandria between Orestes, the governor of Egypt and Cyril of Alexandria, the Patriarch of Alexandria. Somehow, Hypatía was accused of exacerbating the conflict between Orestes and Cyril. In response, she was murdered by an angry mob.