A young slave girl, Anna, is rescued and adopted by Christians in 2nd Century Smyrna and befriended by their aged bishop, Polycarp. As Anna is taught by Polycarp and her new family, she ...
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A young slave girl, Anna, is rescued and adopted by Christians in 2nd Century Smyrna and befriended by their aged bishop, Polycarp. As Anna is taught by Polycarp and her new family, she struggles to reconcile her beliefs with those of the Christians. When the Roman proconsul demands that all citizens worship Caesar to show their allegiance to Rome, Polycarp and the Christians must find courage to stand for their faith against the growing threat of persecution. Anna is forced to come to grips with the truth and choose whom she is willing to live-and die-for.Written by
I think it was a well done story from the perspective of Anna. However, the writers went out of their way to ignore the fact that Ploycarp was a bishop. Like it or not, he was a prominent figure of authority in the early Christian community. The writers took extraordinary efforts to ignore this reality. Instead Polycarp was depicted as some generic martyr when he was an institutional standard bearer, a bishop of the Church. How sad. This movie would have been enriched by telling the full story, not deliberately leaving it out. Polycarp was first a bishop, and only later a martyr. The first half was ignored. How disappointing. The writers and directors should read the texts and histories, especially the Roman martyrology!
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