Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Hypatia
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(Ὑπατία/Hypatía; Latin Hypatia)

A. Historical dimension

The Neoplatonist philosopher H. (d. 415; date of birth unknown) was the daughter of the famed mathematician Theon of Alexandria, who trained her in mathematics and astronomy. She also studied philosophy. Her works are lost, but the testimony of her pupil, Synesius of Cyrene, records that she produced commentaries on the mathematical treatises of Diophantus and Apollonius of Perge, and wrote an "astronomical canon". She was also competent in cons…

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Gély, Véronique, “Hypatia”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004664>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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