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Hypatia of Alexandria 21 May 2009
Hypatia as imagined by Raphael
The first notable female mathematician

As a new film chronicling the life and times of Hypatia of Alexandria premieres at this year’s Cannes festival, Woman’s Hour gives you a guide to the editor of Euclid’s ‘Elements'.  As a leading pagan she met a grisly end at the hands of a Christian mob. We only know of Hypatia from four sources, three of which decry her as a troublesome individual. But modern historians have reconstructed her as a leading woman of her age and a martyr to reason. Jenni discusses Hypatia’s significance with historian, writer and broadcaster Bettany Hughes and Edith Hall, professor of classics at Royal Holloway, University of London.

For more information about the film click here 

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