Olga wrote:Goodrum, what do you think Hypatia's goal with teaching was? What "gift" did she provide for her students?
With what I was able to find, to research on her, it was knowledge, for people to learn and to also question. Debate, not necessarily accept what is said but to seek, learn and question...
The research I found was repeatedly saying, she had many skills, but she was reknowned for her "teaching"....how good she was able to communicate with her students, (and that she would walk into town-"teaching"), and how loved she was.
Is anyone noticing a bit of a theme over ages and time, cultures?
Or am I being a little paranoid....the idealist that becomes much loved, (is also much hated by some), and can end up nailed to crosses, skinned alive, burnt at stakes, asassinated by various means...
Or did it just happen to anyone...but I'm wondering here because you might be an idealist, having great ideals, and we tend to leverage that, spread it around...drew attention to ourselves..
Also, in part of the huge outcry after Hypatia was so horribly tortured and murdered, it (apparently) lead into dark ages...it had brought an end to "free thought"....she had been about ideas, exploring, teaching...debating, questioning, more learning...she was also an athiest.
But there are rationals who are both spiritual and religious, and idealists who can be athiests but perhaps spiritual..
On the whole, it was her teaching. She inspired her students..eloquence and manner..
I think Christina raises an example, her student that fell in love with her, teaching him...