Ignatius of Antioch - Earliest Post-New Testament Martyr
Christian History and Biography posted a fascinating article about Ignatius at their site. Here’s how it begins . . .
"Now I begin to be a disciple. … Let fire and cross, flocks of beasts, broken bones, dismemberment … come upon me, so long as I attain to Jesus Christ."
Ignatius was going to die. He knew it. He wanted it. The only possible problem, as he saw it, was meddling Christians.
You can read the rest here.