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Egeria (Aetheria)

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Author(s): Franchi, Roberta
Probably originating from Galicia in the northwestern corner of the Iberian Peninsula or from Gaul in one of the provinces along the Rhone River, Egeria was a cultured and wealthy noblewoman. According to the Spanish monk Valerius of Bierzo (c. 630–c. 695 CE), she was a beatissima sanctimoniales (“blessed nun”) of an unnamed monastic community (text by Díaz y Díaz in Maraval, 1982, 336‒349). To Egeria (in some manuscripts, Aetheria, Echeria, or Etheria) is attributed a Latin text, the Itinerarium Egeriae ( Travels of Egeria), in which a woman describes her pilgrimage through Eg…
Date: 2022-09-22