Martyrium Polycarpi (Martyrdom of Polycarp)
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The Martyrium Polycarpi records the arrest, trial, and execution of Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna. As a correspondent of Ignatius of Antioch and former student of John the evangelist (Evangelists), Polycarp is viewed by ecclesiastical and scholarly tradition as one of the linchpin figures of the 2nd century CE. The account of his death, likewise, is treated as a foundational document in the history of martyrdom.

The martyrdom account offers one of the …

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Moss, Candida R., “Martyrium Polycarpi (Martyrdom of Polycarp)”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00002124>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180921



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