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It was a Heraklean feat

Herakles was a flawed character and it began with his birth, or rather when Zeus impersonated Amphitryon, who happened to betrothed to Herakles’ mother, Alcmene. Zeus, ever with the wandering eye, happen to see Alcmene and was instantly smitten and wanted her. While Amphitryon was away on a mission, being a prince and a warrior,…

Monetising the system

Long before coins became a commodity and determining value for an item, people traded goods. This system allowed early and savvy civilisations to interact with new cultures, exchange foreign and exotic goods as well as get rich. Places such as Egypt and Mesopotamia grew wealthy from trading goods. A pottery maker and seller may need…

All roads lead to death

All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final. Hypatia Religious doctrine and practitioners with good intentions, have had their words distorted, manipulated and reinvented to suit the goals of and the ‘end-game’ of people who believe their own teachings or interpretation of ‘god’s word’ is the absolute…

Intolerance, hate and religion

‘The more things change, the more they are the same.’ Alphonse Karr [https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/alphonse_karr_125474] The quote above is apt, even now with the impact of COVID-19 around the world. Change is inevitable, yet in spite of technical advances, progress in medicine, education, engineering etc, one cannot change how people behave or interact with others. The most…

Meeting of the Intellects

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…

The importance of education for all

Theon, Hypatia’s father, could be considered a futurist in educating his daughter in Mathematics and Philosophy and encouraging her interest in astronomy. His attitude may have been different if he had a son, who knows, however Hypatia was fortunate to have been educated. This was during a time when women were relegated to the back…