Saint Potamiaena the Elder

Also known as

  • Potamiaena of Alexandria
  • Potamicena….
  • Potamiana….
  • Potamiena….



Daughter of Saint Marcella of Alexandria. Young, beautiful, pious, Christian, virgin, girl. Tortured extensively for her faith, burned with boiling pitch, and threatened with being handed over to gladiators to be raped during the persecutions of Severus. Her calm and faith during her martyrdom led to the conversion of her guard, Saint Basilides of Alexandria. She appeared in visions to Basilides each night for the three nights after her martyrdom, claiming to be praying for him and his conversion.




MLA Citation

  • “Saint Potamiaena the Elder“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 June 2009. Web. 24 May 2015. <>