Daughter of an Byzantine pro-consul. Feeling drawn to religious life, she dressed as a man, moved to the desert, called herself Dorotheus, and lived as a hermit. Spiritual student of Saint Macarius of Egypt. Her sex was discovered only at her death. It’s possible this is a case of pious fiction being mistaken for history.
- “Saint Apollinaris Syncletica“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 February 2016. Web. 28 May 2016. <>