St Apollonia

Killed during the Alexandrian uprising against the Christians. During the anniversary of the first millenary of the Roman Empire. The heathen populace became very agitated during this time. There was no protection given to the Christians by the authorities so many of them perished or where set upon by heathens. Apollonia the parthénos presbútis (meaning non virgin or advanced in years) was one such Christian attacked by the heathen mob because she was held in high esteem at the time. She was beaten and had all her teeth broken.

A pile of fagots was erected and Apollonia was threatened with being burned unless shed blasphemied against christ or say a heathen prayer. She refused and when the mob let their guard down she jumped into the flames (I dont know why she didnt just run free?)

The book on dental history contradicts this and states that she had her teeth removed one by one a common torture ritual used by the Roman Empire. Once the teeth were removed she was beaten about the face and head. The book also claims she jumped into a nearby fire and nothing about building a fire. The suffering endured by Apollonia is said to comfort those who suffer from toothaches. She is considered an early christian martyr who willingly died instead of denouncing christ. Her feast day is the 9th of February and she is the patron saint of tootaches and also of dentists.

She is often depicted in paintings as a lady holding a forceps with a tooth and a halo. Although her appearance changes quite drastically. Sometimes she is an elderly lady, other times she is young. Her hair colour changes as well as sometimes being portrayed in a sexual sense. The one common theme is the forceps and the tooth.

I suppose for a positive story she gives people hope or something to believe in if the are of a religious background. She can watch over them and those working in the profession.

For a dark story she had all her teeth knocked out and was burned to death so that is very dark and disturbing.

http://www.americancatholic.org/features/saints/saint.aspx?id=1303

http://www.catholic-saints.info/patron-saints/saint-apollonia.htm

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