Did Justin know Polycarp?

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rgprice
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Did Justin know Polycarp?

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This page says:
But of all the losses, none affected Martyr more than the execution of Polycarp, the bishop of Smyrna. A spiritual father to many and a man who had known the Apostle John personally, at the age of eighty-six, Polycarp had been burned at the stake. He had refused to recant his faith in Jesus.

Polycarp’s death ignited a holy fire within Martyr. Counting himself among the believers was no longer enough. He had to do something.

https://www.365christianmen.com/podcast ... ilosopher/

So this is claiming that First Apology was inspired by the death of Polycarp.

Apparently this claim comes from Robert Grant, in Greek Apologists of the Second Century. I don't have this book, but is there any evidence that Justin knew or was influenced by Polycarp?
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