Acts of the Martyrs

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The most reliable accounts of early Christian martyrdoms are those (few) which follow the official reports of the trials. The so-called ‘Passions’ were written by Christian authors and based on eye-witness accounts; later versions were often embellished with miraculous material. A third category belong to the realm of legend, with probably no historical kernel whatever.

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