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Name means: the Greek. Light god dedicated to Apollo (Greek-Latin)


Attributes: Pliers with tooth, plunging into the fire

Patroness: the dentist, against toothache

* in Alexandria in Egypt

248 in Alexandria, Egypt

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


Apollonia was a respected old woman in Alexandria who was abducted in a pogrom by the incited crowd along with other Christians. The Christians were taken out of the houses, their apartments were looted and destroyed. Of Apollonia, Bishop Dionysius reported that her teeth were knocked out and her jaw was smashed. She was threatened with burning at the stake and demanded that she renounce the faith. Apollonia, however, voluntarily plunged into the flames and burned, praying loudly.


Later legends make Apollonia a Roman princely or even emperor’s daughter or a sister of Lawrence of Rome, who emigrated to Egypt and suffered martyrdom under Emperor Julian Apostata.


Joachim Schäfer: Article Apollonia of Alexandria, from the Ecumenical Dictionary of Saints –

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