St. Polycarp Biography

Saint (c. 69–c. 155)
St. Polycarp was a 2nd century Greek bishop whose Letter to the Philippians formed the basis of Christian literature.


Born circa 69, St. Polycarp was a Greek bishop from Smyrna and an important 2nd century figure in Christian theology. His Letter to the Philippians was a significant foundation of early Christian literature, establishing the role of Apostle Paul and referencing the existence of other texts of the Bible’s New Testament. Polycarp’s dedication to religion ultimately led to his death. He was arrested and killed by the Romans for refusing to abandon Christianity circa 155.

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