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ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus
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Chapter XVIII.—The body of Polycarp is burned.

The centurion then, seeing the strife excited by the Jews, placed the body468468    Or, “him.” in the midst of the fire, and consumed it. Accordingly, we afterwards took up his bones, as being more precious than the most exquisite jewels, and more purified469469    Or, “more tried.” than gold, and deposited them in a fitting place, whither, being gathered together, as opportunity is allowed us, with joy and rejoicing, the Lord shall grant us to celebrate the anniversary470470    Literally, “the birth-day.” of his martyrdom, both in memory of those who have already finished their course,471471    Literally, “been athletes.” and for the exercising and preparation of those yet to walk in their steps.


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