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Polycarp of Smyrna
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Polycarp (c. 70–c. 156 CE; the name means “much fruit”) was a 2nd-century CE church leader in Smyrna, and two literary works affiliated with him appear among the Apostolic Fathers (his Epistle to the Philippians and the Martyrdom of Polycarp). While Ignatius of Antioch addressed Polycarp as a “bishop of the church of the Smyrnaeans” (Ign. Pol. inscrip.), Polycarp’s own letter simply references “Polycarp and the elders with him” (Pol. Phil. inscrip.).

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Hartog, Paul, “Polycarp of Smyrna”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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