IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH AND THE IMPERIAL CULT* BY ALLEN BRENT Schoedel described clearly the "staged" character of the journey of Ignatius from his native Antioch in Syria to prospective martyrdom at Rome. The martyrdom is proclaimed beforehand to the Roman Christians by Crocus the deacon and others from Ephesus, "who preceded me from Syria to Rome to the glory of God." (Rom. 10,1-2). Furthermore, Ignatius collects individuals who join his procession as representatives of the churches of the various cities (Ephesus, Magnesia, and Tralles), who come to him in Smyrna since the route selected by his guards has allowed him previ- ously only to visit Philadelphia. Not only did some of these representatives stay with his entourage and precede him to Rome (Rom. 10,2), but some were elected to congratulate the Church of Antioch on its peace (Philad. 10,1; Smym. 11,2-3; Pol. 8,1). The representative character of those who come from their Churches to join his procession is emphasised in Tral. 12,1 where he can say: "I greet you from Smyrna, together with the Churches of God who are present with me (awa Talg 6vpnapov6aiS (lot ÈKKÀllaiatç TOD 8eoi))." Thus their Churches are considered very much to be
Vigiliae Christianae – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1998
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