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Feastday: January 1

Death: unknown

A virgin of Alexandria, Egypt, daughter of Paphnutis, a merchant. She received the veil without the permission of her father and dressed as a monk in order to escape detection, using the name Smaragdus. Her father consulted her without recognizing his daughter on several occasions. She identified herself on her deathbed, and her father took her place in the hermitage. This tradition is duplicated in other lives of saints and is not considered valid.

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