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Acts of the Martyrs
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In his new edition of the Martyrologium Romanum (1583–; cf. esp. the appended “De martyrologio Romano praecapitulatio dicendorum”), C. Baronius borrowed the expression acta martyrum from Pontius's Vita Cypriani 11 (cf. Cyprian Epis. 77, 2), understanding the martyr literature handed down in protocol form as original trial transcripts or as protocols recorded by ecclesiastical notarii (combining Cyprian Epis. 12, 2, 1 with LP 1, 148) to serve as documentation for liturgical commemoration. In 1643 the Acta sanctorum of the Bollandists marked the beginning of h…

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Wischmeyer, Wolfgang, “Acts of the Martyrs”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 30 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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