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Disambiguation (based on German version):

  • in Ancient Greek religion, Eusebia is the concept and/or personification of piety, loyalty, duty and filial respect.
  • the Roman Empress Fl. Eusebia, d. 360, the second wife of the Roman emperor Constantius II
  • the baptismal name of Erelieva, the mother of Theoderic the Great, a king 5th/6th century king of the Ostrogoths;
  • the baptismal name of the 5th century AD Saint Xenia the Righteous of Rome (Orthodox saint), feast: Jan 24
  • an antique name of the modern Turkish city of Kayseri
  • Oma Eusebia, a wolf character in the German comic series Fix and Foxi
  • More saints:
    • Eusebia March 16 + c 680. (Merovingian) Eldest daughter of Sts Adalbald and Rictrudis, she became a nun at Hamage or Hamay in Belgium, a convent which had been founded by her grandmother St Gertrude and where she later became abbess. "Rictrude's daughter, Eusebia, who was determined to escape her mother's convent in order to take up her inherited responsibilities as abbess in a separate community founded by her grandmother, was so severely beaten for her insubordination that she coughed blood for the rest of her life."[1] See also [2]
    • Eusebia Sept 20 + c 731. Abbess of a convent in Marseilles in France. She was martyred with some forty nuns by the Saracens at Saint-Cyr.
    • Eusebia Oct 29 Late 3rd cent. A virgin-martyr in Bergamo in Italy and niece of St Domnio, martyred under Maximian Herculeus.
    • Blessed Teresa of the Child Jesus (birth name: Eusebia Garcia y Garcia) - Discalced Carmelite nun, martyr 1909-1936; beatified 1987.[3][4]

Eusebia (religion)[edit]

Eusebia (Greek: Εύσέβεια) is a concept from ancient Greek religion that is roughly equivalent to, and often translated as, piety. Derived from the roots eu- (Εύ = good) and seb- (σέβ, a root pointing to danger and flight), the concept describes a healthy fear of the gods.[5][6]

In Greek mythology, the concept of Eusebia is anthropomorphized as the daemon of piety, loyalty, duty and filial respect. According to one source, her husband is Nomos (Law), and their daughter is Dike, goddess of justice and fair judgment. In other tellings, Dike is the daughter of the god Zeus and/or the goddess Themis (Order).[7]


  1. ^ McNamara, Jo Ann. Sisters in arms : Catholic nuns through two millennia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998. 118.
  2. ^ McNamara, Jo Ann, et al. "The Life of Rictrude, Abbess of Marchiennes." Sainted women of the Dark Ages. Durham: Duke University Press, 1992. 197-219.
  3. ^ Blesseds Beatified by John Paul II - 1987-1988
  4. ^ Holbock, Ferdinand. New Saints and Blesseds of the Catholic Church. v2. tr. Michael J. Miller. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, c2000. 156-157.
  5. ^ Burket, Walter. Greek Religion. trans. by John Raffan. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1985. (Originally published as Griechische Religion der archaischen und klassichen Epoche. Stuttgart: Verlag K. Kohlhammer, 1977.) 272-275.
  6. ^ Mikalson, Jon. "Piety and Honor." Honor Thy Gods: Popular Religion in Greek Tragedy. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991. 165-202.
  7. ^ "Eusebia: Greek goddess or spirit of piety, duty & filial respect." Theoi Greek Mythology. ed. by Aaron J. Atsma. Accessed on 2007-12-11.