Hypatia

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Hypatia

Hypatia of Alexandria was born in 370 A.D. (although some discrepancies show that she may
have actually been born around 355 A.D.). What little is known of her life has come from
letters and correspondences, since all of her work had been burned shortly after her
death.

Her father was Theon, a well-known mathematician and philosopher. It is argued that he may
be one of the most educated men to come out of Alexandria. he raised Hypatia in an
environment of culture and learning. He wanted to raise her as "the perfect human being".
Theon formed a strong bond with his daughter at an early age, and taught her all that he
knew of religion, philosophy, the maths, and sciences. He also made a point to keep
Hypatia in top Physical shape.

Hypatia surpassed her father's knowledge at a very early age, and in 400 A.D, she became
the head of the Platonist School of Alexandria. This school she taught mathematics,
science, and philosophy.

She based most of her teachings on the works of Plotinus, who was the father of
Neo-Platonism. They both believed in the ultimate reality, which states that the true
reality of life lies beyond the reach of thought or language. They believed that the
object in one's life should be to strive to reach the ultimate reality, even though it was
believed that people do not have the mental capacity to fully understand the ultimate
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