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The Great Hypatia
Millenniums ago, women were not seen or thought of to be intelligent or strong. Although different countries treated women in incomparable ways, women were mainly seen as only mothers and caretakers; some were simply meant to bear a male offspring for her husband. It was unusual to see a woman mathematician, philosopher or scientist, but Hypatia was a woman who changed all of that. She was a catalyst for opening a world to women in philosophy and science; she proved that women could do more than only bear children. Hypatia was born in Alexandria, Egypt and gained her knowledge from her father, focused mainly on her work with many accomplishments, and died tragically due to a battle unrelated to her. While there are different debates regarding Hypatia’s life, one thing all historians agree on is that she was born in Alexandria, Egypt. Alexandria plays a huge role in ancient Egypt, as it is “the second largest city of Egypt; it was founded in 332 BC by Alexander the Great, and was a major center of Hellenistic culture, renowned for its library (the largest library in the ancient world); and for the Lighthouse of Alexandria (Pharos), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World” (One World Nations Online). Perhaps the interesting history Alexandria holds is why it remains to be a tourist destination. “After Alexander the Great’s death in 323 BC, Ptolemy became the ruler of Egypt; Alexandria was the capital of Ptolemy’s kingdom, in which he founded the Alexandria Museum” (Williams). Not only is Alexandria known for largest library in the ancient world and the Pharos, but Hypatia also plays an important role in ancient Alexandria. Many women in this day were not taught the things Hypatia was, but thanks to her father Theon, she was well educated. “Theon was considered one of the most educated men in Alexandra, Egypt, and raised Hypatia in a world of education” (Adair). One of the previously mentioned debates was over Hypatia’s date...

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