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108-124 (3rd) Persection of Christians under Emperor Trajan and continuing under Emperor Hadrian.
====108-124 (3rd) Persection of Christians under Emperor Trajan and continuing under Emperor Hadrian.====
*112 ''c.-116'' [[Zacchaeus of Jerusalem|Zacchaeus]], fourth 4th Bp. of Jerusalem [[August 23]].
*114 Holy Martyr Justin the Philosopher born at Sychem.
*120 ''c.''Martyrdom of [[Eleutherios of Illyria|Eleutherios]], Bp. of Illyria, and his mother Anthia, [[December 15]].
*121 ''c.'' [[Lydia the Martyr]], with her husband Philetus and sons Macedonius and Theoprepius, [[March 23]].
*130 ''c.'' Death of [[Apostle Quadratus]], of the Seventy[[September 21]]; [[Papias of Heriopolis|Papias]], Bp. of Heriopolis and apostolic father.*135 ''Romans build temple of Aphrodite over the site of the [[Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Jerusalem)|Holy Sepulchre]] in Jerusalem.
*138 [[Telephorus of Rome|Telephorus]], Bp. of Rome, the only 2nd-century pope who's martyrdom is historically verifiable.
*150 "[[Shepherd of Hermas]]" written.*155 [[Polycarp of Smyrna|Polycarp]], Bp. of Smyrna, martyred by being burned to death in the arena in Smyrna.{{citation|I need help on this date. Apparantly, this date is attributed to the '''writing''' "Martyrdom of Polycarp" and that he died in ca. 86. However, this is earlier than St. John - is that possible?}}; First Apology by [[Justin the Philosopher]]. *160 ''[[Marcian]], heretic, dies.''*161 Second Apology by [[Justin the Philosopher]].*165 ''Valentium, Gnostic heretic, dies''; [[Justin Martyr]] and disciples denounced as Christian, scourged and beheaded for refusing to sacrifice; ''Peregrinus Proteus becomes Christian and leader of a synagogue, then takes up the life of a Cynic. He ends his life by burning himself on a pyre at the Olympiad of 165 in Athens.''; [[Leucius the Confessor]], 1st Bishop of Brindisi ordained.*166 The Holy Martyrs [[Justin the Philosopher]], Chariton, Euelpistos, Ierax, Peonus, Valerian, Justus and the Martyress Charita, beheaded [[June 1]].
*167 [[Abercius of Hieropolis]], wonderworker and Equal to the Apostles [[November 4]]
*170 ''c,'' ''Hieromartyr'' [[Constantius of Perugia|Constantius]], Bp. of Perugia, [[January 29]].
*180 [[Leucius the Confessor]], 1st Bp. of Brindisi, [[June 20]].
====177-180 (4th) Persecutions of Christians under Emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180)====
*177 Pothinus, Bp. of Lyons, Blandina, Ponticus at others martyr in Lyons dying in the "odor of sanctity".
*180 '178** ''"Against Heresies" written by [[Paraskevi|Paraskevi the ParthenomartyrIrenaeus of Lyons]].''', [[July 26]]; *180 **Protomartyr [[Dyfan of Merthyr]] of the British Isles, [[May 14]]; **The twelve [[Scillitan Martyrs]] <ref>The account of Scillitan Martyrs is based on trial records, though it has been embellished with miraculous and apocryphal material.</ref> executed in Scillium of North Africa the earliest documented martyrdom of the [[Church of Africa]], [[July 17]]; ''Marcus Aurelius dies of plague''.**'''[[Paraskevi|Paraskevi the Parthenomartyr]]''', [[July 26]];  *189 Demetrius, Bp. of Alexandria.
*190 Melito, Bp. of Sardis dies.
*193 [[Dionysius of Vienne]], 6th Bp. of Vienne, France, d. [[May 8]].
*200 ''c.-202'' [[Irenaeus of Lyons]] dies, possibly martyrdom.
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