Julius Ceasar as Christ

Cult of Divus Julius
Contributions to the Gospel Saga




"This report is of the same order of importance as the scientific discoveries of Darwin and Galileo." - Paul Cliteur, Ph. D., University of Leiden, The Netherlands

Jesus and Ceasar

The popular contemporary image of Caesar is as a ruthless, bloodthirsty dictator and tyrant, but that is far from the truth. In his time the popular image of him was as a benevolent and beloved leader . There is a bust of Caesar in the Torlonia Museum which many claim resembles Jesus . He wears a wreath upon his head, the oak wreath of the soter, the Savior, which is reminiscent of the crown of thorns worn by Jesus.

Many Scholars have demonstrated the contribution of numerous Mediterranean legends and myths to the Jesus Mythos but the cult of Divus Juluis - The Divine Caesar has been largely overlooked until recently.

Linguistic quirks and anomalies that link Caesar and Jesus

Many facets of Roman Catholicism tend to lend credence to the hypothesis/theory that the Jesus Saga is loosely based on Julius Caesar and the cult of Divus Juluis , Francesco Carotta points out a multitude of linguistic anomalies and quirks that all point to significant and uncanny parallels between Christ and Caesar.

Corruptions and misinterpretations in the copying of texts, Corruptions and misinterpretations in translations and the transformation of iconography from Imperial Roman to "Christian" are the primary culprits as per Carotta.

That the Jesus Christ Saga has its origin in Roman sources is an undeniable fact. Carotta a linguist and philosopher has found distinct traces which lead to the Julian roots in Christianity. He attempts to prove that the story of Jesus is based on the narrative of the life of Julius Caesar.

As per Carotta: ''The Gospel proves to be the history of the Roman Civil war, a 'mis-telling' of the life of Caesar-from the Rubicon to his assassination-mutated into the narrative of Jesus, from the Jordan to his crucifixion.

Jesus was announced to be the Lord, Capital "L". The savior of the world. The one who brought peace. 'In texts and inscriptions and on coins, Caesar was announced to be the Lord, Capital "L". The savior of the world. The one who brought peace,' John Dominic Crossan

Caesars Death plot is hatched by Gaius Cassius Longinus a Roman Soldier/Statesman. Jesus is stabbed by Gaius Cassius Longinus, a Roman Soldier.

Caesar is stabbed, and hung on a cross after his death.

Jesus is hung on a cross, and stabbed after his death.

Caesar is killed on the 15th of March [Ides of March]. Jesus is killed on the 15th of Nissan , which corresponds to March on the Hebrew calendar.

Gaius Cassius Longinus of the Jesus Saga was elevated to Sainthood by the Catholic Church, his feast day is the 15th of March, the anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar.

As per the apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus , Longinus received the holy spear with which he pierced the side of Jesus as a gift from his Grandfather, whom had received it from Julius Cesar as a gift for his outstanding military service in the conquest of Gaul [Gallia] .

Gallia {Gaul} from where Cesar began his revolution, transforms to Galilee from where Jesus began his revolution.

Both Jesus and Caesar enter similarly named cities at the beginning of their careers . Caesar enters Corfinium , and the Gospel translation transposes it to Cafarnaum which Jesus entered.

Caesar finds Corfinium occupied {obsessus in Latin} by an enemy and attacks him. Jesus finds a man possessed {obsessus in Latin} by a Demon and exorcizes it.

Caesar engages in somewhat clandestine nocturnal meetings with Nicomedes of Bithynia -- Jesus engages in somewhat clandestine nocturnal meetings with Nicodemus of Bethania.

Lepidus [pronounced lay pete us] became a successor of Caesars, as pontifex maximus of the Divus Julius cult. Peter became a successor of Jesus as pontifex maximus [Pope] of the Christian Cult. [At the age of 37 Juluis Caesar was Pontifex Maximus ]

There are numerous more linguistic similarities, as well as sequential coincidence between the two stories. Some are not as blatant as others, while some actually are laughable.

Immaculate Conceptions

That an Immaculate conception is claimed for Jesus is well documented , but in actuality an Immaculate conception was also claimed for Caesar.

I have seen parroted all over the web that the mother of Caesar was Cronis Celestine, this error probably originates in Kersey Graves The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors. The mother of Caesar was Aurelia Cotta who died when Julius was young. Julia Caesaris is the official name of all women in the Caesares family, which Julius Caesar and Caesar Augustus both belonged.

The cult of Divus Julius preached that Julius Caesar was immaculately conceived, being the son of a virgin and begotten by the Father of all Gods, Jupiter [Although some accounts use Apollo, and still others have him being the son of Venus].

His heir and nephew, Augustus Caesar, was divinely his half brother, a son of Jove, by whose divine lust he was conceived by immaculate rape in the temple of Apollo.

The Egyptian pharaohs were considered to be "the word of God become flesh" or incarnations of the Egyptian Logos/God ,Horus. By making this claim the pharaohs were able to acquiesce a Divine right to rule, they considered themselves not only answerable to God and God alone, but to in essence be a God become flesh.

This practice morphed through successive societies where Monarchs and rulers throughout the ages seized upon variations of this theme placing themselves and their offspring in a royal pantheon.

A cult of Messiah developed about Alexander the Great, he was claimed to be born of a Virgin and having had no Earthly father, although it was well known that Phillip of Macedonia was his Earthly father.

Julius Caesar as well as Augustus Caesar continued this practice. And the Hebrew/Roman Messiah/King Jesus was no different, he was the Immaculately conceived son of the Hebrew God Yehovah.

The Caesars Re Invent Jesus

Joseph Atwill in Caesar's Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus presents a controversial theory that the conventional views of Christian origins are wrong. Atwill presents a strong case that the Christian Gospels were actually written under the direction of first-century Roman emperors for the purpose of establishing a peaceful Jewish sect to counterbalance the militaristic Jewish forces that had just been defeated by Rome, and were being scattered throughout the Roman Empire in the Diaspora.

Jesus as a Militant Revolutionary

Other scholars have presented the theory that Jesus, the Hebrew Jesus that is , was actually a militant revolutionary and that the Gospel narratives are veiled allegories, not the actual historical accounts.

The Jewish War, culminating in the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD, devastated the Mediterranean economy, and the Romans were were wary of another messianic outbreak. In order to make any reconstruction of the Empire lasting, the Romans needed to offer the Jews alternate stories allegedly steeped in Judaism that would distract them from the militant and nationalistic messianic messages inherent in the Hebrew writings. Rome needed Jews to accept Roman values.

The saga of the militant Hebrew Jesus was in effect turned inside out , to favor Rome and counterbalance the Hebrew insurgency spreading throughout the Empire.

Luke 12:49 "I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!

Luke 12:51 51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.

Luke 22:36 He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.

The Cross of Caesar - or - Jesus ?

At the funeral of Juluis Caesar, a wax figure was carried in front of the onlookers and placed on the Rostra, so that during the funeral oration the people could see him as he had been in life.

Antonius had the momentous idea of fashioning Caesar's wax-figure in a way that the people would see him as he had lain after being murdered. His blood-stained toga displaying all the rents of the daggers on his mutilated and martyred body, and with his arms spread out as he had fallen. Indeed nobody had seen him there where he had fallen because they all ran for cover after the assault.

Ceasar on the Cross

At the funeral of Caesar , his body was displayed in a crucified fashion, his arms outstretched on a tropaeum , on his head the oak leaves of the sator [savior] . The crucifixion of Jesus would mirror this sight, his arms outstretched and on his head the crown of thorns.

Julius Caesar's death was said to have been accompanied by Earthquakes, eclipse and a rising of the dead. ---et tu Jesus.








References/Bibliography

1. Jesus was Caesar: On the Julian origin of Christianity, an Investigative Report

2. Caesar's Messiah : The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus

3. Et tu, Judas? Then Fall Jesus!

4. Rituals and Power : The Roman Imperial Cult in Asia Minor by S. R. F. Price

5. Emperor Worship And Roman Religion By Ittai Gradell

6. The Life of the Deified Julius By Suetonius (c. 69 – after 122 AD)