ATHANASIA (Saint) Widow. (August 14) (9th century) Her parents belonged to an ancient Greek family, and she was born in the Island of AEgina. Her first husband died on the battlefield in a war against the Saracens; but her second husband set her free by himself entering a monastery. She at first turned her own home into a convent, but, soon, desirous of greater retirement, built the Abbey of Timia, where, under the guidance of a saintly priest, she soon gathered a considerable community. Her virtues and wisdom were such that the Empress Theodora summoned her to Constantinople. There she remained seven years, but returned to die at Timia (A.D. 860).