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Helena, Flavia Iulia, Saint
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(c. 250 – c. 329). Helena was a stable-maid (stabularia) when she became the concubine of Constantius Chlorus and gave birth to Constantine. In his family politics, the latter publicly assigned her a prominent place as his mother from 324 onward. In 326/327, Helena embarked on a journey to Palestine as the representative of the imperial family. She probably died around the year 329, since coins minted after this date no longer bear her image. She did not attain great significance until around the late 4th century, when the legend of the Finding of the True Cross (Cross/Crucif…

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Clauss, Manfred, “Helena, Flavia Iulia, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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