Cover

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 1-1

Half Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 2-7

Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 8-9

List of Illustrations

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. ix-11

read more

Acknowledgments

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. xi-xii

Some things can be written in solitude with little more than access to a good library. This is not one of those things. I am deeply indebted to many wonderful individuals who believed in this project and helped it see the light of day: Gerardo Cioffari for providing a place to start; ...

read more

1. Finding St. Nicholas

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 1-18

The image of Santa Claus appears on dolls, cookie cutters, ornaments, stamps, stickers, and T-shirts that read, “Beware of fat men bearing gifts.” Coffee mugs feature the big man cruising in a hot rod, and neckties depict him relaxing in a Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses. He can be embroidered, ...

read more

2. Out of a Dying World Comes a Light

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 19-53

In 1863 the British Museum funded an architectural archaeologist, John Turtle Wood, to search for a site in the ancient city of Ephesus where once stood a temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Once considered the crown jewel of the world’s seven wonders, not a single trace of it remained to ...

read more

3. Three Gifts and One Election

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 55-96

The boy Nicholas, now about eighteen, grieved for his dead parents. He had received from them love and the blessing of baptism. He had seen in them the virtues of service, selflessness, and devotion. In death, they bestowed one more gift: all their worldly wealth. In their will they had left their ...

read more

4. The Work of Victory

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 97-130

Within months of liberating the eastern provinces from Licinius and outlawing the persecution of Christians, Constantine, who now bore the title of maximus Augustus and ruled everything from the sun-baked borders of Persia to the ocean’s edge of Portugal, sent out a sealed notice to every known bishop. ...

read more

5. Riots, Beheadings, and Other Near Misfortunes

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 131-163

Between the years 330 and 332, bad weather forced a convoy of military ships to land at Andriake, the port of Myra. The ships were destined for Phrygia Adaifalorum, where the Romans intended to put down a Gothic revolt on the border. The Gothic tribe known as the Taifales was once again wreaking havoc.1 ...

read more

6. Death Is Only the Beginning

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 165-192

“After living for some time in the city of Myra and perfuming all with the sweetly fragrant and piously scented conduct of his life and pastoral duties, he left his mortal life to enter eternal rest.”1 Thus reads the humble entry of Michael the Archimandrite on the death of the saint. Michael uses the ...

Notes

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 193-224

Recommended Reading

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 225-226

Index

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 227-230