Theodora of Alexandria

Saint Theodora of Alexandria
Theodora of Alexandria (Menologion of Basil II).jpg
Miniature of St. Theodora in the Menologion of Basil II (11c.)
Venerated in Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church, Roman Catholic Church[1]
Feast 11 Parmouti (Coptic Christianity)[2]
11 September

Theodora of Alexandria was a saint and Desert Mother who was married to a prefect of Egypt. In order to perform penance for a sin she committed, she disguised herself as a man and joined a monastery in Thebaid. Her true identity as a woman was discovered only after her death.[3]

A rare image of Theodora in Western art is a print by Bernardino Capitelli, made in 1627 for Theodora Costa dal Pozzo, showing St Theodora of Alexandria disguised as a monk and caring for the child that she was accused of fathering (Vienna: Graphische Sammlung Albertina).[4]


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  3. ^ Delaney, John J. (15 March 2005). Dictionary of Saints. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 590. ISBN 978-0-385-51520-7. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  4. ^ Bonaccorso, Patrizia (1985). Bernardino Capitelli, 1589-1639. Siena: Edisiena. pp. 32–38.