this week we commemorate hypatia

Sep. 17th, 2017 10:13 am
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Hypatia led the Platonist school of philosophy in late antique Alexandria. A mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher, her erudition drew large crowds to her public lectures. She never married, supporting the abolition of the patriarchal family structure. Although she died at the hands of a Christian lynch mob due to her eloquently defended paganism, her ideas found adaptation and expression in a Christian context in the writings of her student, Bishop Synesius of Cyrene. Another admirer, Socrates Scholasticus, wrote of her in his ecclesiastical history:
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There was a woman at Alexandria named Hypatia, daughter of the philosopher Theon, who made such attainments in literature and science, as to far surpass all the philosophers of her own time. Having succeeded to the school of Plato and Plotinus, she explained the principles of philosophy to her auditors, many of whom came from a distance to receive her instructions. On account of the self-possession and ease of manner, which she had acquired in consequence of the cultivation of her mind, she not infrequently appeared in public in presence of the magistrates. Neither did she feel abashed in going to an assembly of men. For all men on account of her extraordinary dignity and virtue admired her the more.
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portrait of an alexandian woman

this week we commemorate enheduanna

Sep. 10th, 2017 04:25 am
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Enheduanna wrote hymns and held high government positions in ancient Sumer. Her hymns were in use for hundreds of years across Sumer and Akkad. She is the first named author in history. A premier writer and theologian, her works resonate to the present day, interweaving devotion and personal narrative and capturing the dawn of human introspection, as a person embedded in a society.
embroidery of enheduanna

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