The Roman writer Tacitus is supposed to have written about Nero blaming the Christians for trying to burn down Rome. This is used as "proof" that Jesus actually existed. Tacitus is supposed to have named him in his writings.. However ... this supposed "fact" was not mentioned by anyone prior to the 14th century. Also ... the years 29-31 ad were apparently removed from Tactitus' account (his Annals)
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Tacitus 56AD - 120AD
Born, Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus 15 December 37 AD Died, 9 June 68 AD (aged 30) Outside Rome
Tacitus was 11 or 12 years old when he met Nero. People were just smarter in those days.
No. Tacitus did not mention "Jesus' in his description of what the Christians (who were all jewish in 60CE) believed. He mentioned a 'Chrestus'. He was describing the beliefs of the Christian Jewish sect in Rome in 60 CE. They were blamed for the fire and accused of all manner of dark practices, all of which had their foundation in the rituals that the christian sect practised.
Tacitus was writing some 40 - 50 years after the Great Fire of Rome.
Tacitus' supposed description of the accusations against the Christians is similar to 14th cent criticisms of Christianity from certain quarters.
@ Diotrephes and Senior Citizen
and this veiled insinuations of yet another global conspiracy are based on what evidence?
Most of Tacitus' writings were lost or destroyed, however copies did survive.
Not a miracle, just damn good luck and the dedication of librarians.
And as suppositions and wild ravings are not evidence...class dismissed.
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