Theodora of Alexandria

Saint Theodora of Alexandria
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 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.[2]

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).[3]


  2. 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.
  3. Bonaccorso, Patrizia (1985). Bernardino Capitelli, 1589-1639. Siena: Edisiena. pp. 32–38.

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