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Apollonia of Alexandria, Saint
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(feast day Feb 9). A letter of Dionysius of Alexandria concerning Alexandrian martyrs (Eusebius Hist. eccl. VI 41.7) describes Apollonia as “an elderly woman of high standing who had remained a virgin”; during the uprising against Christians in 248, after abuse that broke off her teeth, she voluntarily leapt into the fire. Later legend speaks of a Roman princess under Julian or a sister, who had moved to Egypt, of the Roman deacon Laurence. She is invoked by people suffering from toothache or ot…

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Wischmeyer, Wolfgang, “Apollonia of Alexandria, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_0438>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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