Saint Polycarp of Smyrna

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Polycarp of Smyrna

French: Polycarpe de Smyrne, Italian: Policarpo di Smirne, German: Polykarp von Smyrna, Portuguese: Policarpo de Esmirna, Spanish: Policarpo de Esmirna
Birthplace: Smyrna, Asia Minor
Death: 167 (86-88)
Smyrna, Asia Minor (burned at the stake)
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About Saint Polycarp of Smyrna


  • 2nd-century Christian bishop of Smyrna.
  • According to the Martyrdom of Polycarp he died a martyr, bound and burned at the stake, then stabbed when the fire failed to touch him.[3] Polycarp is regarded as a saint in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches.
  • With Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp is regarded as one of three chief Apostolic Fathers.
  • The sole surviving work attributed to his authorship is his Letter to the Philippians; it is first recorded by Irenaeus of Lyons.
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Saint Polycarp of Smyrna's Timeline

Smyrna, Asia Minor
Age 86
Smyrna, Asia Minor