So far the general desire is to move forward with the research into the "Common Era", and especially into the Islamic Age.
The Persia study is at last coming to a climax. The next segment will cover the parallels between Antipater of Macedon and Antipater son of Herod. Antipater of Macedon had four sons. The four sons of Antipater son of Herod were patterned quite specifically after the sons of the earlier Antipater. Recognition of this leads to (more, more, more!) surprising insights into the Roman period.
Our Persia study would not be complete without a segment on Ptolemy and Paul.
The parallel between the persecution of Alexander's heirs and those of Jesus will wrap up the epic "Alan Parsians" project!
It won't be as necessary to return to the Julio-Claudian dynasty. The understanding gained from looking at the Roman obsession with Persia is essentially laying the Julio-Claudian dynasty bare in terms of its typecasting and association with Gospel figures.
I don't want to promise that I'll immediately launch an exhaustive new study into the Common Era. But, possibly we can make a broad survey with this year's "digging", and touch upon the following topics:
1) Rome's role in the fall of the Parthian Dynasty and its replacement with a new Persian (Sasasian) Dynasty. Yes, we will find that this was all Rome's doing!
2) The move to Byzantium by Constantine as "fulfillment of prophesy".
3) Theodoric and Theodora. Theodora wife of Justinian was no prostitute, she was daughter of the "Goth" and Byzantine contender for the throne, Theodoric! (Side study of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus with its interplay between Goth royalty and the Empire.)
4) Atallus the deposed Greek ruler of Rome (appointed by Byzantium) becomes Atilla the Hun.
5) The founding of Islam by Heraclius/Mohammad. The re-founding of Islam under Constantine V/al-Mansur (Dawud). Iconoclasm ("Islamic import") comes to Byzantium. Classical texts ("Greek export") go to Arabia. The Jewish Renaissance in Spain under vizier Hasdai ibn Shaprut, a new Mordecai (i.e. another royal in Jewish clothing!) uniting world-wide Jewry.
6) Charlemagne and Byzantium.
7) The Norman Conquest and Byzantium.
8) Count Fulk of Anjou and John Komnenos of Byzantium.
9) Owen Tudor and the Theodores of Byzantium.
10) Queen Elizabeth, Shakepeare and the fall-out from the Fall of Byzantium.
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