Hypatia

Francis John Williamson (1833-1920)

Marble

Source: Spielmann, p. 18

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Williamson depicts the protagonist of Charles Kingsley's historical novel Hypatia, a female pagan philosopher attacked, stripped of her clothing, and torn to pieces by a Christian mob in Roman Alexandria. She stands here bravely in the moments before her death — a pagan martyr to sectarian intolerance.

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