Researching this potential holiday means I’m incidentally learning stuff, which is most unpleasant. (Being a geek, I hate any reminder that I’m not already omniscient.)
Anyway, numerous sites start the history of gynoscience with Hypatia. She was the head of the Platonic school in Alexandria and taught math, philosophy, and astronomy. Wow!
The soft-core pron painting was an unexpected bonus. I bet she was seeking a grant.
Oh, great. Reading further, I see the need to distinguish between Christians and self-proclaimed Christians yet again.
…during Lent, a Christian mob of lay Christians led by “Peter the Reader,” waylaid Hypatia’s chariot as she travelled home. The mob attacked Hypatia, stripped her naked as a form of humiliation, then dragged her through the streets to the recently Christianised Caesareum church, where they killed her. The reports suggest that the mob of Christians flayed her body with ostraca (pot shards), and then burned her remains
Yes, it’s theoretically possible that they were (totally carnal) Christians. But since Alexandria’s secular authority was a militant “Christian”, it was probably a bunch of Cyril-sucker-uppers.
This is why, in a choice between “Christian” theocracy or Christianity being punishable by death, I must go with Door Number Two.