+Paul? Well, if that was the purpose of the author of the Letters, he or she failed miserably, I'll give you that. As for the drama of Chapter V of the Letter to the Romans, well death in the arena was a dramatic thing. It was supposed to be from the Romans' pov. I'll speculate that +Ignatius knew that the persecutions were increasing. His co-worker and fellow bishop +Polycarp had already suffered martyrdom in the arena. We know that +Ignatius had written to the Smyrneans about it. In any event, you are of course free tp be;ieve some or all of the letters are spurious. We don't and they form a fundamental part of the rationale of our ecclesiology, though not so much that of the Latins.
Here's a piece by Fr. John Romanides, of blessed memory, on the Letters and the theology of +Ignatius of Antioch. Fr. John was a very conservative Orthodox theologian.
“We don’t and they form a fundamental part of the rationale of our ecclesiology, though not so much that of the Latins.”
The darnel is still a noxious weed, a pseudo-wheat, no matter how often its pronounced wheat.