Saint Anastasia the Patrician

Also known as

  • Anastasia of Skete
  • Anastasia the Eunuch
  • Anastasius….



Christian Byzantine noble. Lady-in-waiting to the Empress Theodora in Constantinople. To escape the unwanted attentions of the Emperor Justinian, Anastaia fled the court to a convent in Alexandria, Egypt. On the death of Theodora, Justinian launched a search for Anastasia. To escape, she assumed a male identity and costume, and lived her remaining 28 years as a hermit in the desert of Scete.

The story is believed by many modern scholars to be a pious legend.


  • c.507 of natural causes


MLA Citation

  • “Saint Anastasia the Patrician“. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 February 2020. Web. 3 December 2020. <>