Saint Polycarp

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Noun1.Saint 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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The earliest account of such a martyrdom to reach us is that of Saint Polycarp, martyred, most agree, in 155 A.D.
From the letter on the martyrdom of Saint Polycarp by the Church of Smyrna
As signaled through Flaubert's appropriation of the early Christian Saint Polycarp, who "vituperated" against his own era, Flaubert's historical fascination often was driven by escapism, by a desire to oppose the frustrations of modernity with an aesthetics of antiquity.