St Polycarp

(c. 69—155 ad)

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(c. 69–c. 155),

Greek bishop of Smyrna in Asia Minor. The leading Christian figure in Smyrna, he was arrested during a pagan festival, refused to recant his faith, and was burnt to death. His followers wrote an account of his martyrdom, one of the oldest such records to survive. His feast day is 23 February.

Subjects: Christianity.

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