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A Lecture Held by Francesco Carotta

A Lecture Held by Francesco Carotta

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Julius Caesar, son of Venus and founder of the Roman Empire, was elevated to the status of Imperial God, Divus Julius, after his violent death. The cult that surrounded him dissolved as Christianity surfaced.

A cult surrounding Jesus Christ, son of God and originator of Christianity, appeared during the second century. Early historians, however, never mentioned Jesus and even now there is no actual proof of his existence.

On the one hand, an actual historical figure missing his cult, on the other, a cult missing its actual historical figure: intriguing mirror images.

Is Jesus Christ really the historical manifestation of Divus Julius? Are the Gospels built on the life of Caesar, just as the first Christian churches were built on the foundations of antique temples?

Corruptions in the copying of texts, misinterpretations in translations—Gallia transposed to Galilaea or Caesar’s murderer, the conspirator (Cassius) Longinus, becoming the centurion Longinus stabbing Jesus on the cross—and the transformation of iconography from Roman to Christian have been traced to their origins: 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.

Julius Caesar, son of Venus and founder of the Roman Empire, was elevated to the status of Imperial God, Divus Julius, after his violent death. The cult that surrounded him dissolved as Christianity surfaced.

A cult surrounding Jesus Christ, son of God and originator of Christianity, appeared during the second century. Early historians, however, never mentioned Jesus and even now there is no actual proof of his existence.

On the one hand, an actual historical figure missing his cult, on the other, a cult missing its actual historical figure: intriguing mirror images.

Is Jesus Christ really the historical manifestation of Divus Julius? Are the Gospels built on the life of Caesar, just as the first Christian churches were built on the foundations of antique temples?

Corruptions in the copying of texts, misinterpretations in translations—Gallia transposed to Galilaea or Caesar’s murderer, the conspirator (Cassius) Longinus, becoming the centurion Longinus stabbing Jesus on the cross—and the transformation of iconography from Roman to Christian have been traced to their origins: 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.

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A lecture held by Francesco Carotta

Lutherse Kerk, Utrecht – 28 November 2002 · 8.00 pm Jesus Christ = Julius Caesar http://www.carotta.de

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, excuse me if I don’t speak good Dutch. I’ve just begun to learn it.It is a great honor for me that I may speak in Utrecht, in Traiectum ad Rhenum. I thank my friends Tommie Hendriks (he’s responsible for my maltreating your language today), Jan van Friesland (he’s responsible for me standing here tonight) and also Mr. René Sanders (he’s responsible for the fact that Brutus and Cassius are sitting here, who want to murder me tonight).May God in whose house we are here stand by us in the search for the truth that, as he told us, sets us free.It is not about religion tonight but about history of religion. It is not about our subjective faith but about the objective revolutionizing changes that occurred in the religious life in the Roman Empire during the last century before Christ and the first century after Christ.

Is what I’m saying understandable? [it could be better]. Or should I rather speak German?You wanted it! See: http://www.carotta.de/subseite/echo/tumulte.html

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