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There definitely was a Roman martyr named Eugenia but the rest of her story is a romantic
fictitious legend. According to it she was the daughter of Duke Philip of Alexandria, governor of
Egypt during the reign of Emporer Valerian. She fled her father´s house dressed in men´s clothing
and was baptized by Helenus, bishop of Heliopolis, who sent her to an abbey of which she later
became abbot. Accused of adultery by a woman she had cured of a sickness and whose advances she had
resisted, she was hailed before a judge to answer the charges; the judge was her father. Exonerated
when she revealed she was a woman and his daughter, she converted him to Christianity (he later
became a bishop and was beheaded for his faith). Eugenia converted many others, including her
mother, Claudia, and suffered martyrdom by sword for her faith in Rome, where she had gone with her
mother. Her feast day is December 25th.
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