Origin of Christianity - The Piso Flavian Dynasty

A Short Synopsis of Piso History

This site is about THINKING, not about SUPERSTITION or FAITH.   All resources used to prepare this site are historically validated based on actual documents written by authors who lived during the period from 100 BCE to 150 CE.  The original King James Version of the Bible is used for all quotes in English because it was the earliest commonly known translation.  Later versions contain Christian interpretations that are not literal translations of the original languages of authorship. 
The Latin Vulgate used by the Roman Catholic Church is used for all quotes in Latin.  The works of Suetonius, Pliny (younger and elder), Tacitus and Flavius Josephus are quoted and referenced from commonly accepted English translations.  It is important to note that original documents exist for most of the corroboration, and the translations are independent of any work done here.  In other words, known, independent, and commonly accepted historians provide the scholarly basis for all information used in this site.

One thing that comes out of this research is that superstitious or "mystical" interpretations are given rational explanations.  You will see how this is explained by knowing who wrote the New Testament, and who the central figure of the New Testament really is. The New Testament contains references to many historical persons. Julius Caesar seems to be a key player. The Roman emperor Titus Flavius Vespasiani is also represented, and in fact the exploits of Titus as described by Flavius Josephus mirror events in the (fictional) life of Jesus as portrayed in the New Testament.
In 47 BCE Caesar was in Egypt being seduced by Cleopatra. Most of us know something about Caesar and Cleopatra. Caesar must have been notified that Pharnaces II, king of Pontus, was planning an invasion of the city of Rome, for he abandoned Cleopatra and sped to Pontus with two legions of Roman troops. There they found Pharnaces' troops in battle regalia ready to march on Rome. Caesar's troops had just finished defeating the city of Alexandria. Although they were fatigued from battle they nevertheless easily routed Pharnaces and utterly negated his plans for conquest. The fact that Cleopatra was a Piso relative may have meant that she was participating in a conspiracy to distract Caesar, which may help to explain her somewhat bizarre efforts at seduction. The Zoroastrian temple at Zela (located on a high prominence) was destroyed. Caesar defended the Jews in Rome. The Pisos hated the Jews (all but the Herodians, who were relatives) because they had supported Caesar, and because their leaders did not believe in slavery.  As Royals, the Pisos depended on slaves, as did nearly all Roman aristocrats.When Caesar was assassinated three years later, in 44 BCE, his father-in-law Lucius Piso read Caesar's testament to the people of Rome that same day, while the body was still warm. This "old testament" gave most of Caesar's land and huge fortune to the citizens of Rome, to be divided equally.  The substantial balance went to Caesar's son Octavian.  The Piso family, his inlaws, inherited only the portion given to them as citizens.

The sequence of events is illustrated if you follow this link to: 
Caesar/Piso Timeline
The Pisos had many reasons to hate Julius Caesar. He had made war against their homeland. He had betrayed his wife Calpurnia, who was a Piso, with another Piso relative: Cleopatra. He had written the Pisos out of his will. In addition to all this, he was a Populist and was against the Royals, who suspected that if he were to become dictator he might even abolish slavery. The Piso family were Royals. Sixty percent of the people in the Roman Empire were slaves.
So, in 66 CE, a Piso/Flavian named Vespasian, a Roman emperor, waged war against Judea. He tore down the temple at Jerusalem with the help of a Piso relative named Titus Flavius in 70 CE, just as Caesar had torn down the temple at Zela. To commemorate his victory and to create a religion to keep the slaves humble, he and his family authored the New Testament, cleverly inventing a Jesus Christ who would replace Caesar as the head of what was to become the new state religion of Rome: Christianity.
The True Authorship of the New Testament “Let’s see, a story that starts with fishing for men and has a human Passover lamb and a crucifixion scene where one survives out of three and concludes with the condemning of Simon and the sparing of John. Gee, what story could that be?” - Joseph Atwill on the 'Judean War' by Flavius Josephus

 Professor Bruno Bauer, in his work of 1877 "Christ and the Caesars", stated that he had concluded that the Romans had authored the New Testament and that Flavius Josephus was the inventor of Jesus. James Ballantyne Hannay next wrote about the Roman authorship of the New Testament in his 1925 work "The Rise, Decline & Fall of the Roman Religion (Christianity).

" Abelard Reuchlin found the key to unraveling just who the actual authors were, and that the authors were to be found in the Roman Piso family, who were a part of the Piso/Flavian dynasty. He authored a booklet that came out in 1979 and is available from The Roman Piso Homepage. In 2003

Joseph Atwill discovered that the Roman emperor Titus Flavius, working with Flavius Josephus and other authors in his patrimony wrote the New Testament. Atwill deduced this by comparing The 'Judean War' to the New Testament. The 'Judean War', written by Flavius Josephus, was originally part of the Christian Bible, and was removed around 1100 CE. 'The Roman Origin of Christianity', released as 'Caesar's Messiah' by Joseph Atwill documents the creation of the New Testament as a Roman satire devised to win over Judean dissidents by deceiving them into believing that the emperor Titus Flavius Vespasiani was Jesus! I know, it sounds strange, but that seems to be the way it was. Titus took great pleasure in calling himself "the greatest forger in history."

 There are now several million persons who know about the Piso Theory, Atwill's book and the true authorship of the New Testament. This page is dedicated to the ongoing discussion, discovery and presentation of deductive proofs that establish, as much as possible, the authorship and motives for the creation of the New Testament.

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The Cathars considered themselves to be the true followers of Jesus but that did not mean they were Christians. Not in the accepted sense anyway. There is nothing new in the material  The whole of this segment on alternative testaments represents an attempt to get an understanding of what the Cathars might have believed.
To revisit the topic of alternate theology; in reading about the Cathars two phases caught my eye; “Jesus is not god but a most remarkable man”and “The cruxifiction was an illusion”.
I am not the only person to have picked up on these phrases. Other writers have however, tried to turn these statements into another theological mystery, searching for an extended definition of the nature of god and his relationship with Jesus Christ.
I have taken a different route. I have challenged myself to search for scenarios which would enable these statements to be taken literally.
A remarkable man takes part in a illusion which makes it seem that he had died. Why would he have done this, how could it be stage managed and perhaps most importantly who was he?

The Last Pharoh

last-of-the-pharohsRalph Ellis, who proposes Jesus as “The Last Pharoh” is the latest in a long line of authors who have speculated on who Jesus actually was. There has been a recent flurry of interest in who Jesus was and what was he trying to do.

Da Vinci Code

da-vinciInterest peaked in 2001 with the publication of Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” which was subsequently made into a film.

Holy Blood, Holy Grail

holy-bloodIn fact the story included information from an earlier book ” Holy Blood, Holy Grail” by the trio of authors, Michael Baigent, Henry Lincoln and Richard Leigh.
That extraction lead to a court case over claims of breach of copyright.

Bloodline of the Holy Grail

bloodlineThe “Da Vinci Code” also drew on the more genealogically oriented book, “The bloodline of the Holy Grail” by the late Laurence Gardner.
It must be stressed however that these discussions have been taking place in both learned and popular gatherings since the time of Jesus. Geneologies showing descent from Jesus are hidden away in royal libraries throughout Europe.

Firmly held Belief

bibleThe difficulty is that the Church of Rome and other christian churches successfully prevented the publication of all opinions which differed in any way from their own doctrine. This censorship survived until recent times. Suddenly, surprising recently, heresy again became possible. Incidentally “Heresy’ in it’s original meaning in the greek language can be translated as ” firmly held belief”. The Church of Rome redefined it. A firmly held belief not in their version of the bible became heresy, the most serious of mortal sins.

The Golden Bough

the-golden-boughSir James George Frazer(1854-1941), a student of classical greek philosophy  and a fellow of Trinity College Cambridge was famous for his book  ” The Golden Bough”. The book was well received in academia and accepted as outstanding by the award of a knighthood in 1914, but was reviled by all Christian communities.
On the surface it was a learned comparison between mythological and religious beliefs. The reason it was hated by devout christians was that it proposed (perhaps gently suggested) that Christianity might be based on earlier “Pagan” not the commonly accepted “Jewish”traditions and beliefs.

The White Goddess

the-white-goddessAmongst those who followed was Robert Von Ranke Graves ( 1895-1985), Also a student and translator of greek classics, picked up on these themes shortly after Frazer’s death. Graves knew he was in dangerous waters. He gave an assessment of Frazer’s later life:
“Sir James Frazer was able to keep his beautiful rooms at Trinity College, Cambridge, until his death by carefully and methodically sailing all around his dangerous subject, as if charting the coastline of a forbidden island without actually committing himself to a declaration that it existed. What he was saying-not-saying was that Christian legend, dogma and ritual are the refinement of a great body of primitive and even barbarous beliefs, and that almost the only original element in Christianity is the personality of Jesus.”
Graves book,”The White Goddess” cut across conventional Christian beliefs. In his view the worship of  the male dominated god of Judaism  displaced a more sympathetic goddess worship, with detrimental results for the human race. He found echoes of the belief in the white goddess in the greek myths and early celtic writing.

The Masks of God

mask-compilationJoseph Campbell (1904-1987) built, or perhaps reinterpreted the earlier work.  Campbell described himself as  a student of “Comparative Religions” and “Comparative Mythology” and gave full credit to both Graves and Frazer for the earlier work. Campbell however, like Frazer was careful not to dwell too long on the potential impact of his work on Christian belief. Campbell invented the terms Monomyth and Hero’s Journey.
Because of his association with the story structure of the “Star Wars” movies, Campbell is best remembered for his ” The Hero with a Thousand Faces”. which outlines the Hero’s Jouney. He was however essentially an academic, whose magnum opus was ” The Masks of God”  which proposes that all religions are the same, it is only the presentation which differs.

Claudius and Jesus

i-claudiusGraves was the exception in this intellectual trilogy. He did not hesitate to spell out the implications. Thanks to the success of his earlier books he lived in comfort on the Balearic island of Majorca and used the later part of his career to pursue topics of his choice.
His better known works; “I Claudius” and “Claudius the God” were produced in the early 1930’s The implications of his thinking was not obvious but his notes indicate that he was already working  on “King Jesus” which was not published until 1946 and “The White Goddess” (1948). The books were concurrent in Graves mind and in fact he worked on the “White Goddess” first.

King Jesus

king-jesusKing Jesus was a speculation on who Jesus actually was. It a life of Jesus show through the eyes of a fictional contemporary, Agabus the Decapolitan.
Graves concluded that Jesus was the product of a liason between Antipater, King Herod of Judea’s son and Miriam a temple virgin. Graves hypothosis is that  what made Jesus unique was his brilliant mind; so brilliant that he antagonised every petty bureaucrat,  every inadequate priest and every unimaginative revolutionary.  He explains the events leading up to the crucifixion, and Jesus reactions are explained as typical of how an outstanding person, unable to fulfil his mission, might behave. It has been praised as a book of insight and scholarship.
However the “Time Life’ review of Sept 30th 1946 says  “Many a reader may conclude that this book is a work of fundamental perversity. The perversity may not be conscious, but in a writer of Graves’s intelligence that is unlikely. The historical commentary he appends contains signs of defensiveness unusual in a writer as bland as Graves—e.g., “I write without any wish to offend orthodox Catholics. . . .” The author cannot have much doubt that he, or at least Agabus the Decapolitan, is going to be taken apart by readers to whom Christ is much more than a subject for a cleverly contrived novel.”
A “Historical Commentary” published at the end of the book, Robert Graves remarks, concerning the books historical basis, “A detailed commentary written to justify the unorthodox views contained in this book would be two or three times as long as the book itself, and would take years to complete; I beg to be excused the task …[but]…I undertake to my readers that every important element in my story is based on some tradition, however tenuous, and that I have taken more than ordinary pains to verify my historical background”

The Piso family

caesars-messiahA widespread theme on the web is that the story of christianity was invented by the roman aristocrats, The Piso family who had close contacts with the Emperors Claudius, Vespasian and Titus.
It would be impossible to say any of the findings of these various writers were right or wrong.
It is certainly appealing to assume Jesus never existed; that everything we know about him was just invented. Nevertheless the Cathars and therefore Ximene believed he did exist, Again the questions must be asked. Why would a remarkable many take part in an illusion which made it appear he had died and perhaps most importantly, who was he?



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