Hypatia was a Greek philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer, who lived in Alexandria, Egypt in the 4th century BC, when it was part of the Eastern Roman Empire. She was admired for her groundbreaking ideas but was eventually killed by Christian fanatics, seemingly, for those same ideas. According to Socrates Sholasticus, Hypatia’s murder was more about the political dispute between the Prefect of Alexandria, Orestes, and the Bishop of Alexandria, Cyril, than about religious beliefs. Cyril’s followers thought she was instrumental in turning Orestes against them and used her philosophy and pagan beliefs as a reason to kill her.
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