b. Egypt, date uncertain; d. circa C.E. 257, Rome
According to legend, Eugenia was a Roman virgin, daughter of a governor of Egypt, who disguised herself as a man for much of her life and succeeded in becoming the abbot (leader) of a monastery. Around the year C.E. 257, she was persecuted for her Christian beliefs and martyred by sword in Rome, where she had gone with her mother.