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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?



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.

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Why Was Constantine So Great? | 331AD-340AD

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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The A.D. History Podcast explores the last two thousand years of world history in an innovative new way. Join hosts Paul K. DiCostanzo and Patrick Foote as they examine the past two millennia, beginning in 1 AD, and progressing forward ten years every episode until they reach the modern day. Within each ten-year installment, Paul and Patrick aim to share incredibly important, but often overlooked fascinating historic events and figures from around the world in prospective fashion; attempting to see history through the eyes and in the world of those who lived it. By identifying these sometimes lesser known - but in no way less significant aspects of history - the A.D. History Podcast endeavors to take these many disparate threads and weave a fuller, richer tapestry of true world history from 1AD to HD.