Hypatia was a female pagan philosopher who was
stripped naked and dragged through the streets until she
died, in a Christian attack in 415. Hypatia taught a
number of pupils and admirers such as Synesius of Cyrene,
who, oddly enough became a bishop, though perhaps after a
conversion later in life. He remained deeply imbued with
pagan Greek culture and retained his admiration for her
until the end of his life.