Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Illustration Friday theme: Teacher
This is my entry for the Illustration Friday theme, Teacher. Hypatia of Alexandria was a Greek mathematician & philosopher in Roman Egypt. Around 400 AD she became head of the famed Platonist school; where she taught mathematics, philosophy, & astronomy. She was also the last librarian of the Library of Alexandria (considered the largest & most significant library of the ancient world). Both she, & the library fell victim to the violence & upheaval of that time. She is played by Rachel Weisz, in the 2009 film, "Agora". In 415 AD she was denounced as a witch, then subjected to a gruesome death at the hands of an angry mob. She later came to be seen as a secular "patron saint" of science & libraries. In this image she is holding two planispheric astrolabes (an astronomy tool of the ancient world). Scientific advances of the Renaissance, & Enlightenment were built on the re-discovered knowledge of the Classical world.