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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol I:
POLYCARP: The Martyrdom of Polycarp

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p. 39

The Encyclical Epistle of the Church at Smyrna Concerning the Martyrdom of the Holy Polycarp

The Church of God which sojourns at Smyrna, to the Church of God sojourning in Philomelium, 420 and to all the congregations 421 of the Holy and Catholic Church in every place: Mercy, peace, and love from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, be multiplied.

 

Introductory Note to the Martyrdom of...
Chapter I.—Subject of which we...
Chapter II.—The wonderful constancy...
Chapter III.—The constancy of...
Chapter IV.—Quintus the apostate.
Chapter V.—The departure and vision...
Chapter VI.—Polycarp is betrayed by...
Chapter VII.—Polycarp is found by...
Chapter VIII.—Polycarp is brought...
Chapter IX.—Polycarp refuses to...
Chapter X.—Polycarp confesses...
Chapter XI.—No threats have any...
Chapter XII.—Polycarp is sentenced...
Chapter XIII.—The funeral pile is...
Chapter XIV.—The prayer of Polycarp.
Chapter XV.—Polycarp is not injured...
Chapter XVI.—Polycarp is pierced by...
Chapter XVII.—The Christians are...
Chapter XVIII.—The body of Polycarp...
Chapter XIX.—Praise of the martyr...
Chapter XX.—This epistle is to be...
Chapter XXI.—The date of the...
Chapter XXII.—Salutation.


Footnotes

39:420

Some read, “Philadelphia,” but on inferior authority. Philomelium was a city of Phrygia.

39:421

The word in the original is ποροικίαις, from which the English “parishes” is derived.


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