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athanasiaGreek widow and abbess who lived on an Aegean Island. She was born in 790.  When she grew up she married but her husband of two weeks was killed fighting Saracens. She remarried, and her second husband decided to become a monk. Athanasia agreed and converted her home into a convent, where she became an abbess. Moving the convent to Timia, Athanasia became an advisor to the Byzantine empress during her seven-year stay in Constantinople. She died in Timia in 860. – Catholic Online

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