Alexandria, since its founding by Alexander the Great in circa 331 BCE, was the centre of learning, attracting intellects, artists, scientists and many other disciplines from around the Mediterranean and beyond. It was a unique and beautiful city, and built on pagan religion. Many of the famous buildings that have echoed through time were commissioned by Ptolemy I, who was Alexander’s general and a Macedonian who adopted the Egyptian way of life, including marrying within the family. Unfortunately, this dynastic family died when Cleopatra committed suicide in 30 BCE.
Alexandria was a prosperous city, that was until Julius Caesar decided he wanted a piece of the pie and took control. In short, in the hands of the Roman Empire, the city of intellect saw a decline in wealth and human disparity. By the time Constantine the Great took the reigns and declared Christianity as a state religion, Alexandria became the battle ground between the Christians, the Jews and Pagans. Hypatia grew up in a time where citizens were zealots, there were violent conflicts and ongoing rivalries. No one was safe from persecution.
Hypatia’s father, ignored the traditional role accorded women during those times and taught her his trade, as a father would to a son. It was his influence and position as an academic that allowed Hypatia to pursue a scholarly career. She was a respected researcher and professor at the university, which only males were entitled. She never married, was celibate and committed to learning and teaching. Her intellect was acknowledged, even by her those who despised her however, it was her friendship with the Roman Prefect Orestes that caused her the greatest threat.
Quote by Hypatia:
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
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Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, burnt out but not done… yet.