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Who Is Hypatia Of Alexandria?

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Hypatia of Alexandria: Hypatia of Alexandria (350/370-415) was a mathematician and philosopher who “helped preserve Ptolemy’s Almagest and she wrote commentaries on Diophantus’ number theory and on the Conics of Apollonius.” (Hypatia Lessons) She was a daughter of Theon “astronomer and mathematician and the last to head the Museum at Alexandrian.” (Hypatia Lessons) He was also essential in spreading the works of Euclid and Ptolemy to future scholars. Hypatia gave lectures to her students about philosophy and mathematics at the same institute as her father as well as the possibility of giving lectures about the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle. Her students were all male and included both Christian and non-Christians alike. People came from…show more content…
The exact layout of the library or the extent of the collections is not known. In Alexandria Library of Dreams the author describes how Pseudo-Aristeas is one of the original sources that describes the size of the library. “He has Demetrious tell Ptolemy that the Library now has more than 200,000 books, but he hopes to bring it up to 500,000 before long. Tzetzes tells us that the Palace Library contained 400,000 “mixed” (symmigeis) books and 90,000 “unmixed” (amigeis.)”(Alexandria library of dreams, 351).Papyrus scrolls made up most of the collection in the library because papyrus only grew in the area around the Nile delta in Egypt. There was some controversy about the library taking books/scrolls from trade ships in order to copy their contents, but they kept the originals and gave the ships copies. (Picture) The stacks in the library was filled with works such as mathematics, astronomy, physics, natural sciences and other subjects, in several different versions in order to ensure accuracy. “The library pulled in copies of the past and present from all over the Mediterranean, the near east, and Mesopotamia, and upon all available subjects.” (Anceint_library, 1) Those documents were written in numerous languages and translated into Greek. The objective was to attract scholars all over the world to access the knowledge as well as create new knowledge (Anceint_library 2). There was also separate branches of the library, placed all over Alexandria. The library served as repositories for literature, and other important works due to the generosity of the Ptolemy’s. “Added to this was the Hellenistic appreciation for all knowledge not just Greek and Roman. Alexandria was ideally located between the East and West and became a place where ideas of the world were debated and discussed.” (Anceint_library 2) Alexandria was an international hub for trade, leading producer of
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