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Martyrs, Veneration of
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The veneration of martyrs and the related descriptions in the literature of martyrs shaped the figure of the martyr and in some cases even created it. It gave the type of the martyr its characteristic features, which survived even after the confrontations that led to martyrdom had ended. Given differing processes of socialization and acculturation of the various Christian communities in the Roman Empire during the principate and Late Antiquity, the charisma of the martyr became a guarantee of the p…

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Wischmeyer, Wolfgang, “Martyrs, Veneration of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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