Hypatia (ca. AD 350–370–March 415) was a Greek Neoplatonist philosopher in Roman Egypt, head of the Platonist school at Alexandria, and martyr. Hypatia was fascinated by conics sections and is the author of a treatise titled On the Conics of Apollonius. Hypatia is depicted by Rafael amongst the philosophers in The School of Athens fresco in Stanza della Segnatura, Palazzi Pontifici in the Vatican. The 2009 movie Agora, directed by Alejandro Amenábar, starring Rachel Weisz as Hypatia, focuses on Hypatia’s final years and the destruction of the library in Alexandria. Quotes attributed to Hypatia:
“Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond.”
“Why should learning, authority, antiquity, birth, rank, the system of empire which has been growing up, fed by the accumulated wisdom of ages – why, I say, should any of these protect your life a moment from the fury of any beggar who believes the Son of God died for him as much as for you, and that he is your equal, if not your superior, in the sight of his low-born and illiterate deity?”
“All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final.”
“Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all.”
“Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them. In fact, men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth — often more so, since a superstition is so intangible you cannot get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable.”
Michael Bond, (10.10) British writer, Paddington Bear, 13 January 1926
Suggs, (10.9) English singer (Madness) 13 January 1961
Paul Kelly, (10.6) Australian singer-songwriter 13 January 1955
Phil Whyman, (10.5) English paranormal researcher, television personality, writer and musician 13 January 1971
Gospel of Thomas: (5) Jesus said, “Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you . For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest.”
ACIM: 13. A meaningless world engenders fear.
Concise Epitome: 2.1 In the Sphere of Light, in that spotless and splendid site that dwells beyond what is beyond, there is an environment which we punctually attempt to portray as a constellation and whose name is: HANDOR. (Nelle ineffabili geografie della Sfera di Luce,] in quegli spazi estatici che nessun lemma perverrà mai a dirimere, palpita un sistema stellato il cui nome è HANDOR.)
Prime Memorial: Hypatia, Head of the Neoplatonic School in Alexandria & Martyr.
13 January: Saint Hilary of Poitiers, bishop and doctor – Optional Memorial. Bishop of Poitiers, Doctor of the Church, sometimes referred to as the “Hammer of the Arians” (Latin: Malleus Arianorum). His name comes from the Latin word for happy or cheerful. Venerated in Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Anglican Communion, Lutheran Church, Oriental Orthodoxy.
13 January: Saint Mungo, or Saint Kentigern – Memorial (Scotland), known as Mungo, apostle of the British Kingdom of Strathclyde in the late 6th century, and founder and patron saint of the city of Glasgow.