martyr

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martyr

a person who suffers death rather than renounce his religious beliefs
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The script by Parlapanides brothers Charles and Vlas tells the story of how Theseus--demoted from Athenian king to cliff-dwelling peasant--achieved immortality via a sort of heroic martyrdom, living on (through song and over wrought Hollywood blockbusters), while vengeful Hyperion (a snarling, spitting Mickey Rourke) found a loophole through which he could rob the gods of their immortality by unleashing Titans capable of killing the otherwise invincible beings.
Among their topics are passion and allusion in Paradise Lost, Satan's envy and poetic emulation, self-sacrifice and heroic martyrdom in the Aeneid and Paradise Lost, nonverbal signs and material pages in the 1645 Poems, spiritual reading in Areopagitica, and restoration polemic and the making of the papist Milton.
Nobody denies the heroic martyrdom and sacrifice of the Bulgarians in their fight for freedom.