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by Wayne Blank
Caesar Augustus, who was proclaimed the "father of the Roman nation" at Anzio, is best-known for ordering what may be the most famous census ever done:
"In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born [see Mary's Other Children?] son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the Inn" (Luke 2:1-7 RSV)
Emperor Nero, who was born in Anzio, is not mentioned specifically by name in the Scriptures, but during the time of the New Testament he horribly persecuted Christians and Jews who refused to worship the "divine" Emperor. Paul (see On The Road To Damascus) and Peter, and many thousands of others were martyred during his reign.
Fact Finder: Which of the Roman emperors reigned at the time of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ?