'''Abercius of Hierapolis''' (Greek: Αβέρκιος), also '''Abercius Marcellus''', was an apologist and [[bishop]] of Hierapolis in Phrygia during the second century and at the time of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. St. Abercius is commemorated on [[October 22]].
Little is known of the life of St. Abercius. That he was the [[bishop]] of Heiropolis in the area called Phrygia Salutaris is known. An epitaph, that is attributed to him, on a stele now in the Vatican and known as the "Inscriptions of Abercius", bears witness in his comments on the dazzling seal of [[Baptism]] that unites Christians everywhere.
[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Inscription of Abercius]] However, later interpretations of the "Inscription", written in Greek, introduced embellishments and vagueness of detail that led to debate through the centuries concerning their authenticity.
Abercius is said to have evangelized extensively throughout Syria, Cilicia, and Mesopotamia traveling even to Rome, visiting cities and villages, healing the sick and preaching the Kingdom of God. It is upon these great works that he is referred to as one Equal-to-the-Apostles. During his time in Rome, Abercius is said to have been imprisoned by Marcus Aurelius.
[[Category: Bishops of Hierapolis]]