Hypatia of Alexandria was the greatest female philosopher of her time and one of the greatest of all time. Little is known about her and she is often overlooked in comparison to her male contemporaries. In a field dominated by men, women are often looked at as inferior. Hypatia however, was so prolific that she was put in charge of the Platonist School in Alexandria around 400 AD. She was a master of mathematics and astronomy and was loyal to the Platonic teachings. She lived a life of virtue and celibacy and was well admired by her peers. Unfortunately, she was murdered by religious zealots who accused her of being evil for having incorporated some pagan religious philosophies into her teaching. Her mystique is mostly lost to antiquity, but she was a maverick in a field dominated by patriarchy. Please check out the linked article below for more information on this beautiful soul and human being.
Most Christians have no idea that the teachings of Christ contain deep mystical and philosophical teachings that are in line with the lineage of Mystery Schools. When Christianity was made the state religion in Rome, all other religions that were around the area at the time were either wiped out entirely, or had to go underground. Anything that contradicted what the ruling monarchy wanted their version of Christianity to represent, was criminalized and violently persecuted. The teaching were twisted into dogmas and used to control, rather than liberate. Many of the original books of the Bible were taken out because they contradicted what Constantine wanted and an attempt was made to destroy them. Luckily, some of themsurvived and when studied, paint a very different picture. In this fantastic article on Esoteric Christianity, you will see how the original teachings of Christ mirror those of other Mystery Traditions. Please check out all of the great articles on this siteas well.