Octavia’s schoolIn order to investigate an alternative Mary Magdelene it is necessary to re-visit what happened after the battle of Actium. The Roman Historians say that Antonius, Cleopatra and Caesarion died but that Cleopatra Selene, Alexander Helios and Ptolemy Philadelphus were taken to Rome.
Having been marched through the Forum as part of Actavian’s triumph for his victory over Antonius all three children joined Octavia’s School.It was a very special school attended only by her own children and the children of client kings. Here the future of the Empire was plotted and key players trained in their roles.
School’s OutWe do not know anything about the curriculum but what we do know is that a series of marriages were arranged. Because of the principles of line breeding we can be sure that all these marriages were between members of the Egyptian royal, and now very extended, family.
The marriage of Alexander of Judea and Glaphera of Cappodoccia brought together two strands of Antonius’ family; another splendid example of line breeding at work.This did not end Glaphera’s role. Alexander her husband was murdered by Herod and when Cleopatra Selene died. Juba II travelled east and married her.
Mark Anthony’s dynastyThus in Cappadoccia there were six children in the same household , all of them Antonius’ great grandchildren. We can be sure that Juba II would also be part of this extended family. It is supposed that he was descended from both Tyre and Carthage related nations which the Egyptians would have tried to infiltrate before they decided to concentrate on Rome.
PhraatesCleopatra of Mauretania then moved east to Parthia were she married Phraates IV. Phraates was descended on both sides from the Kings of Persia (Darius and Xerxes) and so yet another member of the extended Egyptian family. Having given birth to three children Cleoparta of Mauretania left Parthia to set up a new kingdom close to the Sea of Galilee.
The cover story is that she murdered Praates and had to flee the country, but it is possible that the relocation was for other reasons. The area of her new kingdom is today known as Hauran. She is known as Thea Ourania Muse. I suspect the Ourania was added after the move not before!
AuranitisOctavian certainly approved of the move, recognising the new kingdom as Auranitis (Ouranitis?)
The new kingdom was split off from the Roman province of Syria
Octavian specifically gave the Governorship of Auranitis to the Herod family and from 4AD it was governed by Philip(the Tetrach) who was the son of Herod and Cleopatra of Jerusalem. Philip turned the small fishing village of Bethsaida into a city(Bethsaida Julia)
In the gospels it was the home of Peter, Andrew, and Philip, and Jesus went there frequently.
Extracted from Bible-History.com
“Jesus also rebuked the people there for not receiving his teachings:
Luke 10:13-16 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be thrust down to Hades. He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”
The Marriage at CanaIf the flight to Egypt did take place then the return to Galilee after the death of Herod the Great was to Galilee not Judaea. This change was said to be to avoid Herod Archleus, considered to de as unpredictable and dangerous as his father. If the place chosen in Galilee was Nazareth or nearby Sopphori then this was very close to where the family of Cleopatra of Mauritania settled, in fact just across the Jordan River.
Herod ArchleusGlaphera, still married to Juba II then travelled south to Judea and entered into a bigamous marriage with Herod Archleus she is said to have fallen madly in love with him. Within a very short time Herod Archleus was deposed by Octavian, or persuaded to retire by Glaphera, and retired to the family estates in Vienne (Rhone Valley).
Meanwhile in Auranitis the fateful union of Jesus and Magdalen took place. Her Roman name was possibly derived from the Aurania, shortened to Arria.Mariame’s sister Julia Aurania then conveniently reveals the family relationships by marrying Ptolemy of Mauretania.