Enraged by what Arius was saying, Nicholas grabbed Arius by the beard and punched him in the face.
The eventual outcome of the council was that Arius lost by a vote of 318-3.
According to legend, Nicholas, Bishop of Myra—Santa Claus to you and me—punched out Arius rather than listen to his arguments.
Arius himself was treated by the whole court with the respect which would have been due to an innocent and oppressed man.
Whereupon the followers of Arius decided to have recourse to violence.
In the time of Eusebia the Church was torn by the contentions between the orthodox and the followers of Arius.
But the pride of Arius was supported by the applause of a numerous party.
The lives of Athanasius and Arius should be read in connection.
Mosheim thinks it most probable that Arius was poisoned by his enemies.
Arius himself still lived, and his friend Eusebius of Nicomedia rapidly regained influence over the emperor Constantine.