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more often called Margaret, on account of the magnificence of the pearls for which she had so often
sold herself, was an actress of Antioch, equally celebrated for her beauty, her wealth and the
disorder ofher life. During a synod at Antioch, she passed Bishop St. Nonnus of Edessa, who
was struck with her beauty; the next day she went to hear him preach and was so moved by his sermon
that she asked him to baptize her which he did. She gave her wealth to Nonnus to aid the poor and
left Antioch dressed in men's clothing. She became a hermitess in a cave on Mount of Olivette in
Jerusalem, where she lived in great austerity, performing penances and known as "the beardless monk"
until her sex was discovered at her death. Though a young girl of fifteen did exist and suffer
martyrdom at Antioch in the fourth century, the story heretold is a pious fiction, which gave rise
to a whole set of similar stories under different names.
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