Zoe of Rome

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Saint Zoe of Rome
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Saint Zoe, Martyr (18th-century, Portuguese)
Bornnot known
Diedc. 286
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
FeastJuly 5 (Roman Catholic)
December 18 (Eastern Orthodox)

Saint Zoe of Rome (died c. 286) was a noblewoman, married to Nicostratus, a high Roman court official. For six years she had been unable to speak. Saint Sebastian made the sign of the cross over the woman, and she immediately began to speak and she glorified Jesus.[1] Nicostratus and his wife asked for baptism.[2] She lived during the reign of Emperor Diocletian and his early persecution of Christians.[3]

She was greatly devoted to Saint Peter, and was praying by his tomb when she was arrested for her faith. She died, stifled by smoke, hung over a fire.[4] Her body then was thrown into the River Tiber.[by whom?][1]


  1. ^ a b Orthodox Church in America. "Lives of the Saints: Martyr Sebastian at Rome, and his companions". www.oca.org.
  2. ^ Orthodox Church in America. "Martyr Zoe at Rome". oca.org.
  3. ^ Catholic Online. "Saints and Angels: St. Zoe of Rome". www.catholic.org.
  4. ^ Butler, Alban. The Lives or the Fathers, Martyrs and Other Principal Saints, Vol.I