I cannot see why - as you state somewhat categorically - "only real-life, flesh-and-blood persons (royal persons) could add substance to the mythical cycle". Why is that so?
Isn´t it obvious that the gospel conspirators did weave their fictitious Messiah from all kinds of threads available: characters in earlier Judaic literature, figures from Egyptian, Hellenistic, and even Indian mythology, various religious legends, several mystery cults and arcane teachings, certain philosophical ideas, and even star lore, as well as - to a certain extent - real historical persons? Why should they limit themselves to "only real-life, flesh-and-blood persons"?
In my view the Gnostics, too, weaved their Divine Teacher from the very same sources, although their aim was a bit different.
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