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Nicholas of Sion was a 6th-century Christian saint from Pharroa in Lycia. He died in Myra in 564 shortly after he was ordained bishop of Pinara. During the course of his lifetime, he travelled to Jerusalem twice and was reputed to have performed healing miracles. The identity of his hagiographer is not known, but scholars believe his biography was written sometime in the 6th or 7th centuries.[1] The style of writing was more accessible than previous vitae written by the Cappadocian Fathers[2] and some elements style seem to have been influenced by New Testament Greek. Nicholas' vita mostly takes place in a rural setting.[1][2] His cult was later absorbed by that of Nicholas of Myra.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Kazhdan, Alexander; Ševčenko, Nancy Patterson (2005-01-01). "Nicholas of Sion". The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-504652-6. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  2. ^ a b Talbot, Alice-Mary (2008-10-23). "Hagiography". The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199252466.013.0082. Retrieved 2018-07-25.