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Dating Hypatia's birth: a probabilistic model

Canio Benedetto, Stefano Isola and Lucio Russo

Vol. 5 (2017), No. 1, 19–40
Abstract

We propose a probabilistic approach as a dating methodology for events like the birth of a historical figure. The method is then applied to the controversial birth date of the Alexandrian scientist Hypatia, proving to be surprisingly effective.

Keywords
dating, probabilistic method, historical testimonies, decision theory, Hypatia
Mathematical Subject Classification 2010
Primary: 01A20, 62C05, 62P99
Milestones
Received: 25 April 2016
Revised: 3 June 2016
Accepted: 17 July 2016
Published: 31 January 2017

Communicated by Francesco dell'Isola
Authors
Canio Benedetto
Via Leonardo da Vinci 20
I-85100 Potenza
Italy
Stefano Isola
Scuola di Scienze e Tecnologie
Università degli Studi di Camerino
I-62032 Camerino
Italy
Lucio Russo
Dipartimento di Matematica
Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata
I-00173 Roma
Italy