Hypatia of Alexandria (370-415 AD) was a female philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer who worked and lectured at the University of Alexandria in Roman-controlled Egypt. Despite the gender prejudice that prevailed during her time, she nonetheless won respect as a brilliant academic by her contemporaries as well as later historians. Unfortunately this did not save her from the wrath of fanatical Christian monks who had her dragged by her chariot down the street, stripped naked, beaten to death, and then burned. These same radicals would then proceed to burn down her university and then drive out the city’s artists and intellectuals. It was a tragic end for both a woman of Hypatia’s intellect and the institution she represented.
This isn’t the first time I’ve drawn Hypatia of Alexandria of course, but I took another stab at it since looking at my previous effort now embarrasses me.