Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online

Get access

Martyrs, Cult of
(3,135 words)

The veneration (Lat. cultus) of martyrs was a prominent feature of early Christian piety. Those who had borne witness (Gk martureō) to their faith at the cost of their lives had imitated Christ in his death. While the average Christian’s soul, it was commonly believed, had to await passage to hea…

Cite this page
Eastman, David L., “Martyrs, Cult of”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

▲   Back to top   ▲