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This is my vision of Hypatia of Alexandria (350-370 to 415 AD), a scholar and philosopher from Roman Egypt noted for her brilliance at astronomy and mathematics. And also remembered as an unfortunate casualty in a bloody political dispute between the city's governing prefect and its leading bishop. Her death has been declared everything from the end of "classical antiquity" or Hellenic intellectualism to the righteous execution of "heathen idolatry". But all hyperbole aside, there's no denying she was highly respected among her contemporaries for her shining intellect.

And yes, I did give Hypatia a do-wrap. Do-wraps actually have been recorded in some ancient Egyptian tombs, most notably a scene from the New Kingdom tomb of Menna which has farmers wearing them while winnowing grain. They would have been an ancient established tradition by the time Hypatia (and for that matter the city of Alexandria itself) came onto the scene.