ome had already been sacked by the barbarians, and its rich libraries and records of science, medicine and philosophy destroyed and lost forever. Only the Academy-Library in
Alexandria has remained. It is now the world’s top educational center of science, me
dicine,astronomy and philosophy.During Hypatia's lifetime, the
was split into two, while Roman Law and politicalpower have been challenged by the rising Christian organized power.At the very center of this conflict, Hypatia is freely leading top-world studies, while practicingan unprecedented lifestyle of
feminine freedom, equality, and independence
.In addition, her unmatched intellectual gifts attracted a large number of students from all overthe two divided Roman Empires.She had many suitors but rejected all offers of marriage, preferring to live independently of any man, in men's world in which women were considered their property, harboring almost nocivil rights and being denied higher education.Some reliable ancient documents [1-23] have survived concerning the tragic events that tookplace there between 391 to 415:In 412
became the Christian Patriarch of Alexandria. The Roman governor of Alexandriaat that time was
. .Cyril and Orestes became bitter enemies when Orestes refused to bow to Cyril.
Hypatia was a friend of Orestes. This fact, together with prejudice against herphilosophical, astronomical, mathematical and free-spirited lifestyle, led to Hypatia
becoming the focal point of envy on Cyril’s
She dared to defy both church and state interference in science and philosophy; topreserve the rights of academic freedom and the conviction that all individuals havethe right to defend their beliefs and share science and its fact-finding activities with all.
In great personal danger, she continued to teach andpublish, until, in the year 415, she was set upon by afanatical mob of Cyril's parishioners.
They tore off her dress, and armed with sharpseashells, flayed her flesh from her bones, andburned here in the Christian church. Her work wasbanned and the academy destroyed.
In great panic the faculty run away for their life.