|Nice beard, Euthymius|
Euthymius is said to have influenced the Eudoxia, the widow of Emperor Theodosius II. Since the Emperor died in 450, I wondered about the timeline, but Euthymius is not said to have died until 473, ninety-five years or so after his death. That's plenty of time to offer counsel to a misguided monarch.
|Johnny C -- successor to Elijah|
Here's the part that I don't understand about Empress Consort Eudoxia. GOArch says that she wrote to Saint Simeon Stylites, asking his advice about the Monophysite heterodoxy. Simeon recommended that she talk to Euthymius, who corrected her erroneous thinking and put her back on the path to righteousness. GOArch concludes the episode by noting that "holy Empress Eudocia" is celebrated with a feast on August 13, but does not seem to list her on its calendar for that date. By contrast Wikipedia (yes, that sublime theological source, Wikipedia -- don't sneer, you use it too) says that Johnny C's biographer ( a fella with the awkward name of Pseudo-Martyrius) celebrated her death and called her a second Jezebel. Although the artist Judy Chicago did not set a place for her in the famous sculptural installation, The Dinner Party, she did include either her or her daughter Eudoxia on the heritage floor.
|Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party|
Eustachia Calafati, who is also known by the neuter-sounding name Eustochium but was baptized Smerelda, was a fifteenth century Sicilian girl. There's not much to say about her, except that her entrance into the convent was preceded by some discord. She tried to join a community of Poor Clares, but the sisters declined to admit her after Eustachia's brothers said they'd burn the house down if she were admitted. After lots of persuasion, she finally joined, only to find the rule of the house too lax.
In 1457, she founded her own convent, where monastic rules were strictly enforced and the austerities of life befitted would-be follower's of Christ's rugged path. She died one year later, at age thirty-five. Hard knowin' if the hard livin' done her in, but I figure it's the prime suspect.