A.D. History Podcast
The Day Santa Claus Died | 341AD-350AD
Who was Saint Nicholas of Myra, the inspiration for Santa Claus? What about his legacy makes him still play a major role in our world today?
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Saint Nicholas of Myra is the main, real life individual upon which the figure of Santa Claus is based – who dies in 343AD. But who was he? What made Nicholas so special that we live with his legacy to this day within the fictional character of Santa Claus? Did he even exist? The real life Nicholas knew the beaches of the Eastern Mediterranean far better than the North Pole. He is credited with what we might call modern miracles, and was second to none when it came to his beard. We look to find the actual saint from the popular fictional character, and find the man in the saint.
We are also faced with the death of Emperor Constantine, and his awful three sons from his second wife. The late emperor’s sons first have the empire carved up among themselves. Then later see to it to knock off the others, and take the position of sole emperor of Rome. We learn more…
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