Dorothy

d. c.313. Legendary martyr. The earliest mention of her is in the Hieronymian Martyrology. Her emblem is a laden basket. She is reputed to have been a Christian maiden of Caesarea in Cappadocia who was arrested during Diocletian's persecution of the church. On the eve of her arrest she reconverted to Christianity two apostate women who were sent to pervert her. As she was being led to execution she was mocked by a lawyer named Theophilus, who asked her for a basket of flowers and fruit. Soon afterward a child came to Dorothy with a basket of roses and apples. She sent this to Theophilus, who was converted to the faith and later died as a martyr. Gottfried Keller describes her in Sieben Legenden (1872).