Johnson, Aaron, and Jeremy Schott, eds. 2013. Eusebius of Caesarea: Tradition and Innovations. Hellenic Studies Series 60. Washington, DC: Center for Hellenic Studies. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:hul.ebook:CHS_JohnsonA_SchottJ_eds.Eusebius_of_Caesarea.2013.
3. Mothers and Martyrdom: Familial Piety and the Model of the Maccabees in Eusebius of Caesarea’s Ecclesiastical History 
The Maccabean Family and Christian Storytelling
Origen, Martyrdom, and the Maccabean Family
Firstly, we must note Origen’s distinctive phraseology here, which will become important when we turn to Eusebius later. The unnamed mother is the object of divine inspiration rather than an active agent. It is “the dew of piety (δρόσοι . . . εὐσεβείας)” and “the cool breath of holiness (πνεῦμα ὁσιότητος)” which “did not allow to be kindled (οὐκ εἴων ἀνάπτεσθαι)” her maternal instinct. This phrasing gives prominence to divine action. I will return to this when looking at Eusebius’ similar language below. Secondly, and more immediately important, the father of the Maccabees is completely absent here. Origen ignores him. Thirdly, as noted by a number of authors, this description of the Maccabean mother is closely modeled on 4 Maccabees.  We read in 4 Maccabees 16:3–4 that:
Eusebius, Martyrdom, and the Maccabean Family
Christian History, Martyrdom, and the Role of the Family
Eusebius, the Family, and Christian Authority