<quoted text> I absolutely agree. In all probability the Jesus of the NT never existed. In fact Jesus was never a Christian, he was a Jew full stop. Jesus had three goal: the respect for the (Jewish) Law,the sanctity of the (jewish) temple and the restoration of the Kingdom of Israel. In all probably the real Jesus was a Zealot, one of those fanatics who fought the Romans to the last. Some of his apostles like Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot or Sicarri (assassin for the Zeolot) seem to prove the point. The inventor of Christianity was Saul of Tarsus, a Jew, who while a policeman for the Sadducees had a bright idea on the road to Damascus and like Esther before him decided to infiltrate the sect (the book of Esther- infiltrate, subvert, destroy) and use it as tool to subvert the Roman empire with a pacifist movement. He declared himself to be the "envoy to the Nations" , those kingdom at the edge of the Empire which gave gray hairs to the Romans. The Romans thinking that a pacifist religion would calm down those countries, received Paul wherever he went. Unfortunately they soon found out that the pacifist religion contaminated their armies who refused to fight. In three hundred years of Christian influence, the Western Empire collapsed. As Gibbon said, "With the Barbarians at the door and the Christians inside, Rome collapsed". Seing what happened to the Western Empire, the powerfull Suenius and Pliny families in Constantinople convinced the Emperor that it should make Christianity the religion of the Empire, after blending it with pagan religious beliefs (Osirian, Myrhraic, Sol invectus, etc) to give it a warlike character suitable for aggression. This new religion kept the empire alive for another 1000 years until a new player in the pack (Islam) finally destroyed the Empire.
In fact you may have also deducted why Nero divorced Octavia and married Poppaea.
He thought he might calm down a little.
After all he wasn't that young any more.