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Carpus, Papylus, and Agathonice
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(feast: Apr 13); Eus.Hist. eccl. IV 15.48 relates that the hypomnemata of the martyrdom of these two clergymen and of Agathonice, the sister of Papylus, were still extant in Pergamon. The rich and divergent hagiological tradition, which includes an epic version, attributes various origins and ecclesial ranks to the martyrs and emphasizes that it was the woman who urged the others to accept martyrdom. According to Eusebius, their martyrdom took place in the reign of Marcus Aurelius, though the younger abridged Latin version places the event under Decius. An uncertain…

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Wischmeyer, Wolfgang, “Carpus, Papylus, and Agathonice”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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