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  • noun Greek bishop of Smyrna who refused to recant his Christian faith and was burned to death by pagans (circa 69-155)

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  • In the snippets of Cho's "manifesto" that have been released to the public, there is rhetoric of (likely imagined) persecution of the innocent, violent defense of the helpless, and Cho's perception of himself as a martyr by appropriating explicitly Christian imagery -- Jesus himself, the cross, and even the torments the saints endured for their faith (burning like St. Polycarp, suffocating like St. Cecilia and beheading like St. Denis, etc.)

    CHO'S VIOLENT CRUSADE RIPPED FROM THE MIDDLE AGES

  • In the snippets of Cho's "manifesto" that have been released to the public, there is rhetoric of (likely imagined) persecution of the innocent, violent defense of the helpless, and Cho's perception of himself as a martyr by appropriating explicitly Christian imagery -- Jesus himself, the cross, and even the torments the saints endured for their faith (burning like St. Polycarp, suffocating like St. Cecilia and beheading like St. Denis, etc.)

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  • Eusebius relates that St. Polycarp, being informed in a dream that he should be burned in three days, made it known to his friends.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • St. Polycarp, Letter to the Philippians first half of the second century

    Wisdom from Polycarp

  • Everybody knows a real nilla gets blotto on the Feast of St. Polycarp anyways.

    joegood Diary Entry

  • Through his glass he surveyed the nearer hamlet, which was dominated by the church of St. Polycarp, a decaying late Norman shell without a tower, reputed to be dangerous and used only on token occasions.

    Cargo of Eagles

  • Through his glass he surveyed the nearer hamlet, which was dominated by the church of St. Polycarp, a decaying late Norman shell without a tower, reputed to be dangerous and used only on token occasions.

    Cargo of Eagles

  • Martyrdom of St. Polycarp, and the martyrs of Lyons.

    A Key to the Knowledge of Church History (Ancient)

  • St. Polycarp, the second Bishop of Smyrna, was executed here because he would not recant his faith; he was a disciple of the Apostle John, and this incident shows the antiquity of the place.

    A Fantasy of Mediterranean Travel

  • Such will be found, briefly stated, the mode of discussing the life and works both of St. Ignatius of Antioch and of St. Polycarp of Smyrna; and two results will reward a patient persual of these volumes.

    The Quarterly Review, Volume 162, No. 324, April, 1886

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