My novel research reading for this week.
Thucydides’ was exactly the kind of wisdom Hypatia would have sought out as she moved from Amyntas warrior to Sibylline leader. Real-world experience matched with the knowledge that comes from a high-born Greek education.
Fun fact: Thucydides is considered the father of “scientific history” because of his strict standards of evidence-gathering and analysis of cause and effect without reference to intervention by the gods.
Hypatia had no time for men and their obsession with divinity. She relied on common sense, strategy – and the reality that she knew more about the heavens than they did.
Had she and Thucydides been contemporaries, surely they would have seen each other as allies.