Happy new year to you all! Here’s a belated Christmas present – a translation of Andrew of Crete’s Encomium on St Nicholas of Myra, otherwise known as Santa Claus! It would have appeared for Christmas, except for email communication difficulties (and believe me, we had a few!). It was kindly translated for us all by Dr Jaakko Olkinuora of the University of Eastern Finland.
As I’ve remarked before, considering all the talk about Santa throughout the world every year, it is remarkable that the legends of Nicholas of Myra – the basis for it all – do not exist in English. Last year we managed to get a couple online, so this is another addition.
- Andrew_of_Crete_Oration18_Encomium_on_Nicholas_of_Myra_2015 (PDF)
- Andrew_of_Crete_Oration18_Encomium_on_Nicholas_of_Myra_2015 (Word .doc)
I’ve also placed copies of these files at Archive.org.
As usual I make these files and their contents public domain – make whatever use of them you like, personal, educational or commercial.
- Dr O. asked me to revise it for English style, so any errors are probably down to me. I also added a lot of the notes from our email discussions.↩