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Hypatia by Pandora-intheSKY Hypatia by Pandora-intheSKY
Greek astronomer Hypatia, one of the first to forward the heliocentric model wherein the Earth orbits the sun, a millennia before the notion was revisited, killed by an angry mob during Christian uprisings in Alexandria as a danger to society.
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dleddon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
I love this view of Hypatia. Thank you so much - I am Physicist - now historian of women of antiquity in science. What kind of licenses and royalties do you have associated with this picture? Could you point me to some links as well?
Jachra Featured By Owner Edited Apr 30, 2015
Hypatia, while brilliant, is never known to have put forward the heliocentric model of the solar system - unlike the movie Agora, which was inaccurate on this point. She did invent the astrolabe, though.

Second, she was not killed as a danger to society - she was murdered because she was believed to be at the center of a political controversy between the Governor of Alexandria and the Bishop. As an unrepentant Pagan, the Christians murdered her out of religious fervor, not because she was a danger.

Unlike in the movie, they did not merely stone her - they flayed her alive with roofing tiles.

It was a great tragedy - horrific, in fact. It is a shame that such a great figure was treated so vilely.
sakpalamey Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fuck... She's so beautiful...
Pandora-intheSKY Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015   General Artist
Thanks very much!!
VincentAParker Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful! Also, the movie "AGORA" captures her in a brilliant light, and shows how the Christians began their blood-thirsty and malevolent campaign to rule the world. A murderous cult, indeed!
UnbearableME Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
rostiaper Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a lovely picture of her. :D Good work!
alaksandra Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You have captured Hypatia!  Lovely!
artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this painting/drawing.  Then I read the description and you have spiked my curiosity.  I now must read more about Hypatia:)
Pandora-intheSKY Featured By Owner May 5, 2014   General Artist
Oh please do! She's a lady who needs far more recognition!! I'm glad you like the piece:D
artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm hooked on Hypatia!  Shame on me ... I did not know her.  And THAT is not like me!  However, when I pulled up images I recognized many of them; I just never delved into the story or her legacy.  There's one image that particularly caught my eye and if you scroll toward the bottom of this page you can see it:   I was hoping it would tell me where the painting/frescoe (?) originated.  I believe I've seen it at Pompeii.  Or maybe I just saw prints of it there in a gift shop.  I'll do more research on it.  Anyway, I'm so glad I ran into you on DA.  You've opened up a whole new world of intrigue for me (and reading material ... and philosophies).  I've been to Pompeii many times; it's one of my favorite places to visit.  And although I've never been to Alexandria I have been to Egypt (a Nile cruise).  I am seriously dumbfounded at myself for not knowing about Hypatia!
Pandora-intheSKY Featured By Owner May 8, 2014   General Artist
I'm so happy to hear, and delighted that I was able to connect you with something that stirs you! What's truly remarkable about how little people know of her is that as a woman philosopher she was able to pinpoint the nature of the solar system when it took a millennia before the gentleman scientist we often credit this to revisited the idea! I couldn't tell you were that fresco is located, I just know Hypatia lived in Alexandria! That's incredible you've been to Pompeii, and I hope we both have the chance to visit Alexandria!!
artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So glad to meet you, my like-minded friend:) I can tell by your gallery that you are very interested in women's history.  When I was younger I read everything ... and I mean EVERYTHING about women/queens/goddesses, etc.  That's why I'm so surprised I missed learning about Hypatia.  I don't know how much I've retained ... the details may be lost to me at this point, names/places have melded into one long story about women.  But the overall message stays with me loud & clear.  Women ruled long before men ever did ... they were worshiped because they procreated.  But once the male species began to figure out that they had a part in reproduction they used that information and their physical strength to overpower the women of the world.  Nothing's been the same since!  But it's getting better.  I thought I'd see the passing of the Equal Rights Amendment in my lifetime.  Actually I hoped/voted for it in the early 80s.  But they gave it only 7 years to pass.  And time ran out.  No other amendment, as far as I know, has ever had a time frame imposed upon it.  Well, I ramble on.  Oh, one more thing, I will tell you that I had the largest feminist library of anyone I know ... and after decades of saving everything (books, notes from seminars I attended, pamphlets from NOW meetings, etc.) I got rid of it all.  Everything I owned was beginning to own me.  I downsized!  I can never call myself a Minimalist. That would be a huge fabrication.  But I have gotten rid of 90% of everything I've ever owned.  It is so much easier to just pick up & travel when the mood strikes me.  I always kid around and tell people "I stay packed" ... but actually, I pack very light and I just go go go!  Often times I will mail some clothes ahead of me ... and when I arrive at my destination my belongings are there to greet me:)  Anyway, my dear, just let me know if you are every in the mood to do some traveling.  You never know, we just might end up travel mates:)
DanNeamu Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
you have been featured here
Pandora-intheSKY Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014   General Artist
Thanks a lot! I'm super flattered!!
Pinia-Pon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
completely beautiful
CuSmith Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
They made a movie about this woman fairly recently, It's called Agora and stars Rachel Weisz. I haven't seen it yet but it looks quite good.
Jachra Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
I highly recommend it, despite its inaccuracies.
Pandora-intheSKY Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   General Artist
Dude it's excellent, one of my very favorite movies and actresses! She was also in another of my favorites, The Fountain! Some people hate that movie, but others adore it. But Agora was beautiful.
CuSmith Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Yea, it's on Netflix now, maybe that'll be next on my list. Rachel Weisz is a great actress!
CheBertrand Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   Traditional Artist

I really love this. It reminds me a little of Baron Adolf De Meyer's portrait of Elsie Ferguson with the backlighting. Really great image and feeling.

tmszpz Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Beautiful! Great work!
FindingWhatsLost Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow I'm soooo fascinated by this piece.  It is really good.  Great work!!!!!!
carlottArt Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Oclosawion8 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Rly good!
Dr-Stain Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student
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