The Apostolic Fathers In Asia Minor

Ignatius of Antioch, the bishop of Antioch, was taken to Rome in 110 to be martyred. He wrote letters to five churches while passing through the province of Asia—to Ephesus, Magnesia on the Meander, Tralles, Philadelphia, and Smyrna. He also wrote a letter to Polycarp, who was a disciple of the apostle John. Polycarp later was burned at the stake in Smyrna in 155. The account of his martyrdom was recorded and sent to the church in Philomelium. Papias, another disciple of John, served as the bishop of Hierapolis. Polycrates, the bishop of Ephesus, described how Philip the Apostle lived in Hierapolis with his daughters. He also stated that the apostle John was buried at Ephesus.

 

Sites of the Apostolic Fathers in Asia Minor

Antioch Ign: Phil 10.1: Smyr 11.1; Poly 7.1
Asia Ign: Eph Intro; Trall Intro; Phil Intro; Smyr Intro; MPoly 12.2; FrPap 6; 16
Cilicia Ign: Phil 11.1
Ephesus (Selçuk) Ign: Eph Intro; 8.1; 11.2; Mag 15; Trall 13.1; Rom 10:1; Phil 11.2; Smyr 12.1; FrPap 6
Hierapolis FrPap 1; 2; 3.9; 5; 6; 7; 12; 13; 16; 17; 19; 21; 22; 23
Laodicea FrPap 18
Magnesia on the Meander Ign: Magn Intro
Philadelphia (Alaşehir) Ign: Phil Intro; MPoly 19.1
Philomelium MPoly Intro
Phrygia MPoly 4.1
Side FrPap 5
Smyrna (İzmir) Ign Eph 21.1; Mag 15; Trall 1.2; 12.1; 13:1; Rom 10.1; Phil 11.2; Smyr Intro; Poly Intro; MPoly 12.2; 19.1; FrPap 1; 2
Syria Ign: Eph 1.2; 21.2; Mag 14; Trall 13:1; Rom 2.2; 5.1; 9.1; 10.2; Phil 10.1; 11.1; Smyr 11.1, 2; Poly 7.1, 2; 8.2; Poly: Phl 13.1
Tralles (Aydın) Ign: Trall Intro; MPoly 21
Troas Ign: Phil 11.2; Smyr 12.1; Poly 8.1
   

Abbreviations

Eph To the Ephesians Phil To the Philadelphians
Mag To the Magnesians Smyr To the Smyraeans
Trall To the Trallians Poly To Polycarp
Poly Phl Polycarp, The Letter to the Philippians    
MPoly Martyrdom of Polycarp    
FrPap Fragments of Papias