Olympias the Deaconess
Antioch or Constantinople
|Died||July 25, 408
|Honored in||Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church|
|Feast||December 17, Roman CatholicJuly 25, Eastern Orthodox|
Olympias, also known as Saint Olympias and sometimes known as Olympias the Younger to distinguish her from her aunt of the same name (Greek: Ὀλυμπιάς, sometime between 361 to 368-July 25, 408) was a Christian Roman noblewoman of Greek descent.
Olympias is described as the ‘beloved daughter’ born to Seleucus and Alexandra. In her adult years, Olympias would later go to marry a nobleman called Nebridius who served as Prefect of Constantinople.
All of this even led to John Chrysostom telling her that she had done almost too much.
Her support for John Chrysostom led her to being exiled in 404, which resulted her in losing her house and living the rest of her life in exile at Nicomedia, where she would die on July 25, 408, after a long illness.
Olympias is one of the 140 Colonnade saints which adorn Saint Peter’s Square.