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Author Topic: Chapter 05: Jesus Among the Julio-Claudians ("Caesar Died in India")  (Read 1774 times)
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« on: August 11, 2017, 04:32:09 PM »

The following is an excerpt from:

"Jesus Among the Julio-Claudians"
copyright 2017 Charles N. Pope

"Caesar Died in India"

Caesar had now completed a reasonable emulation of the life of Alexander the Great. For an aristocratic audience, the stage was set for Caesar’s personal “Osirification” patterned after the death of Alexander the Great. There were two versions of the death of Osiris in myth. In one, the location of Osiris was betrayed so that he could be ambushed by a posse in an open field. In the other, the body of Osiris was essentially stolen at a banquet and then set adrift on the sea. Alexander the Great was not the first king to reenact the Osiris “Passion Play,” but his rendition was exceptional. The attempt on his life in India was not staged, but intended to literally kill him. Having survived that ordeal, he then voluntarily sacrificed his kingship in the West in order to resume his conquest of the East, and thereby more completely identify with the god Osiris in life (as well as death).
In the run-up to his own ritualized murder, Caesar executed two mockers on the Field of Mars. Alexander the Great had also crucified two men, Ariamazes and Calisthines, because they had thrown shade on his accomplishments and claim to divinity. Also like Alexander, Caesar dismissed repeated warnings of his imminent death. Alexander, on the eve of his death, had attended a “Last Supper” event prepared on his behalf. In honor of that same tradition, Caesar was invited by Lepidus to a banquet at his home with other leading men “on the night he was betrayed.” The banquet feast was a stock element of the Osiris drama, and was of course also a central element in the Passion of the Christ in the Gospels. Unlike Alexander, Caesar (and the later Jesus) had waited patiently and faithfully for his turn to rule. Therefore, the “cup” of an actual lynching could reasonably be “taken from him.”

On the Ides of March, Caesar sent his body double to the Roman Senate whilst he remained out of harm’s way. The substitute of Caesar therefore had to be positively identified to his assailants by a prearranged signal. We are told that upon his arrival at the Senate, Caesar received a kiss from Senator Popilius, which would have marked him as the victim and also fulfilled the tradition of betrayal. Another Senator, Tillius Cimber, fell at Caesar’s feet (as Mary Magdalene would later “honor” Jesus) and then pulled at Caesar’s robe like an Isis before Osiris. Mark Antony was symbolically restrained by Trebonius from coming to Caesar’s defense on the Senate floor. This mimicked the Alexander scenario in which Ptolemy had been intentionally detained on the day of his Master’s assassination attempt in India.

The heavily guarded sarcophagus of Alexander (containing his sacrificed double) was eventually “set adrift” (like the coffin of Osiris) and meandered from town to town until it was at last commandeered by Ptolemy and brought to Egypt. In emulation, there was heated debate over the burial of Caesar’s double, and with the body moved here and there. Mark Antony, in the role of Ptolemy, ultimately made the final arrangements. Two angelic “beings” were said to also have appeared to preside over the transformation (through cremation, in this case) of the corpse. A short time later, Caesar’s spirit was said to have ascended with the arrival of a comet. The spirit then was said to have descended upon Octavius and as part of his own transformation from frail youth into Caesar Augustus. (In the Gospels, Jesus first ascends on the 40th day from the resurrection and then the spirit comes to empower upon his “successors,” the formerly timid disciples, at Pentecost, 50 days after the resurrection.)

As with his role model Alexander the Great, Caesar made a number of “post-resurrection appearances.” Caesar was especially not without a personal presence or agency in Rome. His identity of Caius Claudius Marcellus was still very much in use, and he only relinquished this name in 40 BC in order to allow Mark Antony to marry his wife Octavia Minor (Cleopatra), who was even then pregnant by Antony. The identity of Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus also continued and was used by Caesar to stage-manage the Battle of Actium.

Kingship and tyranny was not broken by the “death” of Caesar. On the contrary, it was firmly reestablished in Rome. The royal enterprise was never in any serious jeopardy in the East. Whoever controlled the warriors of the Steppe controlled the whole world, and this fundamental of kingship did not change until the advent of gunpowder. The reputation of the Roman legions was manufactured. They were no match for the mobility, ferocity and lethality of the Eastern mounted archers. During Alexander’s dynasty, these so-called Scythian warriors were integrated into the Parthian and Indo-Bactrian kingdoms. In the Julio-Claudian dynasty that followed, the Indo-Bactrian kingdom was replaced with a new kingdom, the Kushan, whose power was based on a new and vigorous tribe of Scythians from the East called the Yuezhi. The Kushan rulers asserted that they were the direct successors of the very same Indo-Bactrian dynasty rulers they had displaced. However, this turns out to always have been the case!

As the new and improved Roman Alexander, it had to be none other than Julius Caesar that laid the foundation of this new Indian dynasty, and as Alexander had under the Indian identity of Chandra-Gupta. It can also be deduced that Julius Caesar fulfilled that expectation under the regional Indo-Scythian king name of Azilises. Consistent with this, Josephus singled out the Arabian prince Phasaelus as an alter ego of Julius Caesar by crediting him with the most heroic and honorable death possible. The names Phasaelus and Azilises are quite similar and reveal the interlocking Eastern identities and activities of Julius Caesar.

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