(St.). The pope who converted Constantine the Great and
his mother by “the miracle of restoring to life a dead ox.” The ox was
killed by a magician for a trial of skill, and he who restored it to
life was to be accounted the servant of the true God. This tale is
manifestly an imitation of the Bible story of Elijah and the prophets
of Baal. (l Kings xviii.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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