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Author Topic: Chapter 04: Jesus Among the Julio-Claudians (Caesarion and the Game of Thrones)  (Read 1702 times)
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« on: August 11, 2017, 04:33:10 PM »

The following is an excerpt from:

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

Caesarion and the Game of Thrones

The heir of Alexander the Great had not been conceived until after his "near-death experience" in India. In fact, that heir, Alexander IV, had not been born until after his father's staged death in Babylon. By the time of his own ordeal at Alesia, Julius Caesar had already sired at least two royal princes. His election was secure, however in remembrance of Alexander he still wanted to produce an heir after Alesia and before his return to Babylon. By 55 BC, the famous Cleopatra had come of age and was designated as heir apparent to the throne of Egypt. In fact, Pompey and Crassus did not "throw in the (kingly) towel" until Cleopatra had reached the age of around 16 (in 54/53 BC). We must conclude that they had fully and repeatedly exercised the prerogative to test their fertility with Cleopatra before conceding the succession to Caesar. It does not appear Caesar was able to produce a child with Cleopatra either, at least not immediately. However, with the continued procreative failure of Crassus and Pompey, his succession no longer depended upon that.

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In 51 BC, when Cleopatra reached the age of 18, she was made pharaoh of Egypt alongside the younger prince, Ptolemy XIII, who was also entering puberty by that time. However, when this match failed to produce any children, Ptolemy XIII was fairly quickly replaced by his younger brother Ptolemy XIV in early 47 BC. Caesar would have no doubt been pleased if either of his sons had given him his first royal grandson. Caesar probably also would not have taken Cleopatra and the Egyptian throne for himself until both of his sons by Berenice IV had been given at least some opportunity to produce an heir. Ptolemy XIV was around 17 years of age when he was suppressed (not literally killed) in 45 BC.[c] Both princes would certainly be given other opportunities with Cleopatra later, but some form of “punishment” was generally associated with failing to father a royal son, and regardless of one’s age. When both Ptolemy XIII and XIV failed to deliver on their potential (in their initial attempts) and lost their kingly status, it was hardly necessary for Caesar to take matters into his own hands with Cleopatra. She was already 21 years of age by 48 BC and urgently needed a son to secure her own apotheosis.

Caesar arrived in Egypt only days after Pompey’s faked assassination. However, he was careful not to give the impression of a full-scale invasion by Rome. Instead, Caesar ensconced himself within the walls of Alexander and arranged to be besieged from without. In this way he could be seen as defending Alexander from its enemies. The maneuver also served to fulfill the prophesy of Alexander the Great that his beloved city of Alexandria would never fall to a “foreign” power. Julius Caesar as the new Alexander wanted to give the impression of actually defending it! As at Alesia, Caesar was pinned down by seemingly overwhelming numbers, but once more he miraculously escaped. “To the victor went the spoils” and in this case that included a spicy date with Cleopatra leading to the conception of his eventual successor. In another inversion of Alexander the Great’s precedent, Caesar performed one more symbolic act prior to his triumphant return to Rome. Alexander had planned the subjugation of North Africa (as well as that of Europe), however Julius Caesar now fulfilled that intent (and in advance of sacrificing his Roman identity to retrace the route of Alexander the Great back to the East).

Caesar's appearance in Cleopatra's Egypt was not unlike that of Alexander's visit to Queen Candace in Egypt. Both included a princess abduction and rescue, as well as a disgruntled prince (whose grudge was against his own father).[e] Cleopatra was at least as eager to receive Caesar as Candace had been Alexander, and due to her young age she had to play the parts of both queen and princess. In the legendary carpet smuggling episode, Cleopatra managed to both abduct and deliver her own person to the new Alexander, i.e., directly to “war-weary” Caesar. As the story goes, Cleopatra became pregnant with Caesar's son, and like Alexander the Great, Caesar named this special prince after himself.

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