Potamiana a Christian martyr in the time of Severus, in the beginning of the 3rd century, was a slave of rare personal beauty; but for not reciprocating the passion of her master she was given up as a Christian to the prefect of Egypt. She was scourged; and, unmoved by threats, was led to the fire and burned, together with her mother, Marcella. Scalding pitch was poured upon her body, which she bore with great patience. Basilides, her executioner, embraced Christianity, and suffered martyrdom. See Schaff, Church History, 1, 169.

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