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 (pŏl′ē-kärp′), Saint ad 69?-155?
Christian martyr. A student of the Apostle John, he was burned at the stake during a period of persecution of Christians in Smyrna.


(Biography) Saint. ?69–?155 ad, Christian martyr and bishop of Smyrna, noted for his letter to the church at Philippi. Feast day: Feb 23


(ˈpɒl iˌkɑrp)

Saint, A.D. 69?–155, bishop of Smyrna and a Christian martyr.
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Noun1.Polycarp - Greek bishop of Smyrna who refused to recant his Christian faith and was burned to death by pagans (circa 69-155)
martyr - one who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty for refusing to renounce their religion
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They include Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp of Smyrna, the author of the Didache, and the author of the Shepherd of Hermas.
After an introduction to the world views of the ever-influential Plato, Aristotle and Seneca, Rankin (church history, Trinity Theological College, Brisbane) sorts the chief fathers of the Church of the time into their geopolitical contexts, with Rome supporting Clement, Hermas, Minucius Felix and Hippolytus; then Carthage with Tertullian and Cyprian; Antioch and Asia Minor with Ignatius and Theophilus of Antioch, Polycarp of Smyrna, Melito of Sardis, Justin Martyr, Tatian the Syrian and Irenaeus of Lyons; and the group around Alexandria, including Athenagoras, Clement and Origen.
For Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, it meant being burned at the stake at age 86.