Thursday 12 May 2016


Augustus (AVGVSTVS)

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. (Luke 2:1, NRSV).

This line about events relating to the Lucan account of the birth of Jesus refers to the “princeps” of Rome, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian, born 23 September 63 BC (BCE) as Gaius Octavianus, otherwise known as Octavian (and, from January, 27 BC, as Augustus). Jesus’ birth on any reckoning came long after the Senate had granted the honour (Augustus) to Octavian.
Temple of Augustus and Rome in then Galatia Province - has Res Gestae inscribed. Used as church 5th Century; mosque 10th Century (Ankara)