|The Gothic he-man nun-beaters club arrives in Rome.|
|Hanging at home with Saint Jerome|
Marcella was still alive in 410 (eighty-five years old) when Alaric and his merry Goths sacked Rome. They raided Marcella's mansion, finding many women in cheap brown dresses but no gold, silver, or other valuables. They refused to believe that these aristocratic ladies had sold everything and given the money away to the poor, so they began to torture Marcella. Eventually they were persuaded that there was nothing to take and so they left. The other women carried Marcella to a nearby sanctuary, but she died there the following day.
Martyred by pagan looters is a good way to become a saint. Hosting both Athanasius and Jerome in your home is another. Deciding as a comely and wealthy young widow to live in chastity and poverty is yet another. I'd say she pretty much ran the table.