“Though it weathered the dissolution of Alexander’s empire, the Library of Alexandria did not survive the subsequent period of Roman rule. The last librarian was Hypatia, the first notable woman mathematician, philosopher, and scientist. In Alexandria she was a symbol of science and knowledge, concepts the early Christians identified with pagan practices. The mission of the library, as personified by the last librarian, antagonized the governors and citizens of the city of Alexandria. After years of rising tensions, in A.D. 415 a mob brutally murdered Hypatia and burned the library with all its contents.

Introduction to Oceanography, by Garrison, Hyndman, and Hyndman