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Martyrs, Acts of the
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By Acts of the Martyrs we mean a genre of early Christian literature that describes the trial and execution of Christian martyrs. These stories provide a reservoir of information about the ways in which early Christian communities interpreted the experience of persecution and the deaths of their members. The Acts of the Martyrs were collected together in antiquity for a variety of catechetical, pedagog…

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Moss, Candida R., “Martyrs, Acts of the”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 24 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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