Martyrdom of Polycarp

by St. Polycarp


Originally printed in 1885, the ten-volume set, Ante-Nicene Fathers, brings together the work of early Christian thinkers. In particular, it brings together the writings of the early Church fathers prior to the fourth century Nicene Creed. These volumes are noteworthy for their inclusion of entire texts, and not simply fragments or excerpts from these great writings. The translations are fairly literal, providing both readers and scholars with a good approximation of the originals. This particular volume contains works by St. Clement, Mathetes, St. Polycarp, St. Ignatius, Barnabas, St. Papias, St. Justin Martyr, and St. Irenaeus. These writings were heavily influential on the early Church, and for good reason, as they are inspirational and encouraging. These volumes also come with many useful notes, providing the reader with new levels of understanding. Overall, Ante-Nicene Fathers, or any part of it, is a welcome addition to one's reading list.

Tim Perrine

CCEL Staff Writer

About St. Polycarp

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Picture of St. Polycarp
Picture of St. Polycarp
Source: Wikipedia
Born: January 1, AD 69
Died: February 23, AD 155
Related topics: Christian martyrs--Biography, Polycarp,--Saint, Bishop of Smyrna, Fathers of the church, Ignatius,--Saint, Bishop of Antioch,, Apostolic Fathers, …
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