Saints of the Day – Germanicus of Smyrna, Martyr

Saint Germanicus of SmyrnaArticle

Died 156. Germanicus was a mere youth when he was thrown to the wild beasts in the amphitheater at Smyrna during the public games. Rather than cowering in fear or running, he encouraged the lions to attack him – the soonerto escape the company of the wicked men among whom he lived. The letter describing his martyrdom – together with that of Saint Polycarp – is one of the most authentic documents of early ecclesiastical history (Attwater2, Coulson, Benedictines). Saint Germanicus is pictured as a young man in the amphitheater with a lion near him (Roeder).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 October 2021. Web. 22 October 2021. <>