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To: Oztrich Boy; NYer; Kolokotronis; MarMema
mythical character

I don't think so. Wheeler & Rosenthal in their "Saint Nicolas: A Closer Look at Christmas" give some details about the historicity of St Nicolas in their first chapter.

Many of the acts attributed to Nicolas are probably embellished, but not all.

The 151st attendee listed in an AD 510 manuscript of attendees of the Council of Niceae was "Nicolas of Myra of Lycia."

A neat link: A Nicolas Timeline

6 posted on 12/20/2005 7:53:17 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It!)
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To: xzins
The 151st attendee listed in an AD 510 manuscript of attendees of the Council of Niceae was "Nicolas of Myra of Lycia."

185 years later. How about a more contemporary reference that he even existed? I'd expect someone would have mentioned the Man Who Punched Out Arius.

Or the Church at Myra was enmbarssed they didn't have a Bishop at the time of Nicea and invented one.

"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."

9 posted on 12/20/2005 8:19:55 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (so natural to mankind is intolerance in whatever they really care about - J S Mill)
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