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According to the late medieval tradition, Odilia (d. c. 300–400 CE) was one of the virgins murdered by the Huns together with Ursula before the gates of Cologne in the 4th century CE (Virgin/Virginity/Velatio). She was said to have been a cousin of Ursula’s fiancé. Her name does not appear, however, in the oldest list of Ursula’s companions. Her fame as a saint only spread after she appeared to a Crosier brother called John of Eppa in Paris in 1287. She t…

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Caspers, Charles, “Odilia”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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