Tryphena of Rome

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Tryphena of Rome is a Christian woman mentioned in Romans 16:12 of the Bible ("Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord." KJV) According to Wiktionary, the name 'Tryphena' is of Greek origin meaning 'dainty' or 'delicate' although Strong's Concordance derives the name from the Greek truphe, meaning 'luxurious'.

The ancient Roman Martyrology for November 10th reports: "At Iconium in Lycaonia, the holy women Tryphenna and Tryphosa, who profited by the preaching of blessed Paul and the example of Thecla to make great progress in Christian perfection."[1] This tradition connects Tryphena of Romans 16:12 with Antonia Tryphaena, a Roman Client Queen of Thrace who, according to the ancient Acts of Paul and Thecla was discipled to Christianity by St. Thecla.

The name is rarely given now but had something of a revival among English Puritans after the Reformation.

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  1. ^ "Roman Martyrology November, in English". 1997-12-24. Retrieved 2016-12-26.