By Nikos Deja Vu
Hypatia of Alexandria (Greek: Υπατία, born between 350 and 370 AD – 415 AD) was a Greek Neoplatonist philosopher, the first notable woman in mathematics, and who also taught in the fields of astronomy and astrology. She lived in Alexandria in Roman Egypt at the turn of the 5th century, at a time when paganism was actively suppressed. Her fame stems principally from her murder in 415 AD at the hands of a Christian mob.
Letters written to Hypatia by her pupil Synesius give an idea of her intellectual milieu. She was of the Platonic school, although her adherence was to the writings of Plotinus, the 3rd century follower of Plato and principal of the neo-Platonic school.