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Eugenia, Saint
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[German Version]

(feast day Dec 25), ascetic and martyr, was born to a pagan family. The novelistic account of her martyrdom is highly imaginative, with many legendary features. It reports that she was the daughter of Philip, the Roman prefect in Egypt, who gave her a literary and philosophical education. She was converted from philosophy to Christianity by reading the Epistles of Paul. She joined a monastery disguised as a man, and on account of her great virtue, she apparently soon became its abbot. Appearing in court before her father, charged with se…

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Strutwolf, Holger, “Eugenia, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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