Syncletica (4th Century?)

SYNCLETICA (4th century?)

A Saint and nun. Her “Life,” which is wrongly attributed to St. Athanasius, dates probably from the fifth century. It is one of the oldest hagiographic writings depicting a woman. She originates from Macedonia, but her Christian parents settled in Alexandria. She withdrew to a tomb near the city and dedicated herself to asceticism.

The Apophthegmata patrum preserves 18 apophthegms under her name. She is never described as having male features, and she enters the Apophthegmata as mother. Apparently she died after a long suffering from purulent osteitis at the age of 80.

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