Pagan Wisdom

“To teach superstitions as truth is a most terrible thing.”

Hypatia of Alexandria (370-415, attributed)

This courageous mathematician and philosopher was murdered by “the faithful” for challenging the bishop Cyril who was, no surprise, later named a “saint.”  Many scholars fled from the area after her murder.  As Bertrand Russell put it, “after this, Alexandria was no longer troubled by philosophers.”

See Agora.

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