By Helen Carron
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Clement also came there with a large company of men, those who favoured the Romans. Simon the Evil also came there with his group and he sat in the upper part of the street near his tower. ’ Then Peter said: ‘Why can you not hear peace proclaimed? ’ 16 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 33 36 Clemens saga ﬁá mælti Símon: ‘Hitt es nú ráﬂ at ﬂú ger ón‡tt mál mitt ef ﬂú mátt nøkkveria flærﬂ finna í orﬂum mínum. ’ ﬁá kallaﬂi sá inn illi karl Símon hótt meﬂ ƒllu ok mælti: ‘Hl‡ﬂiﬂ mér allir menn ﬂeir es hér eruﬂ komnir.
7 Augusto 23 vinbgjƒf The Life of St Clement 15 the other side of the sea in the city which is called Caesarea. The Apostle Peter was there and in the dwelling of a man called Zacheus who had then taken over the bishopric of the city from the Apostle Peter. This same Zacheus is mentioned in the Gospel because he made our Lord welcome in his dwelling in the city which is called Jericho. And the next year Clement, kinsman of the Emperor Augustus and son of Faustinianus and Mathidia, came to the same city from Rome.
And then Clement was baptised and all his companions and he became a follower of the Apostle Peter and he asked the Apostle Peter to go to Rome to preach God’s message to those people who were willing to hear him there. But he said that he would first carry out God’s mission in the land of the Jews as he was commanded by God, but he said he expected that he would in the end visit Rome at a time preordained by God and declared that there he would end his life in accordance with God’s will. Afterwards the Apostle Peter preached God’s name throughout all the land of the Jews and throughout Syria and the Greek Islands and those districts which were round about.
Clemens Saga: The Life of St Clement of Rome by Helen Carron