Mary of Egypt
- Fifth-century desert saint whose vita (q.v.) was written by Sophronios, patriarch of Jerusalem (qq.v.). After living a dissolute life in Alexandria (q.v.), she is said to have been converted in Jerusalem by an icon (qq.v.) of the theotokos (q.v.). She spent 17 grueling years in the desert as a hermit (q.v.), for which she is depicted in art in tattered clothes, proudly emaciated, and covered with sores.
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