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Beyond the Desert: Hypatia of Alexandria, the Last Librarian (355? - 415)

"Imagine a time when the world's greatest living mathematician was a woman, indeed, a physically beautiful woman, and a woman who was simultaneously the world's leading astronomer. Imagine that she conducted her life and her professional work in a city as turbulent and troubled as Ayodhya or Amritsar, Baghdad or Beirut is today. Imagine such a female mathematician achieving fame not only in her specialist field, but also as a philosopher and a religious thinker who attracted a large popular following.
Imagine her as a virgin martyr killed not for her Christianity, but by Christians because she was not one of them. And imagine that the guilt of her death was widely whispered to lie at the door of one of Christianity's most honored and significant saints."
source: goodreads
Orthodoxy is a psychological phenomenon. It may exist in any religious, political, cultural, or scientific community. It is the posture of the arrogance of those who see themselves as 'the chosen.'...J. Harold Ellens..The Ancient Library of Alexandria and Early Christian Theological Development
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