Leonides of Alexandria

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Saint Leonides
Alexandria, Egypt
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Feast22 April
PatronageLarge families
Origen, son of Leonides

St. Leonides of Alexandria (Greek: Λεωνίδης) was a Christian martyr who lived in the 2nd and early 3rd centuries AD.


According to the Christian historian Eusebius, Leonides' son was the early Church father Origen.[1] In the same passage Eusebius tells us that Leonides was martyred during the persecution of the Roman emperor Septimius Severus in the year 202 AD.

Condemned to death by the Egyptian prefect Lactus, he was beheaded, and his property seized.


The name of Leonides' wife is unknown, but she bore at least six children after Origen.[2]

Porphyry, a Neoplatonist, claims Origen's parents were pagans.

Leonides catechized his children well. Origen attempted to follow his father in martyrdom, but he was detained by his mother - it is said that she hid his clothes so that Origen could not leave the house.[3]


The Catholic feast of Leonides is celebrated on April 22.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Eusebius Pamphilius, Church History, Book VI, Chapter I
  2. ^ Crouzel, H. trans. A. S. Worrall, Origen (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1989)
  3. ^ Origen's father
  4. ^ Butler, A., Lives of the Saints: St. Leonides, Martyr, accessed 23 December 2016