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Tacitus says, "Carmel is the name both of a god and a mountain; but there is neither image nor temple of the god; such are the ancient traditions; we find there only an altar and religious awe."– Hist. xi. 78, 4. It also appears, from his account, that Vespasian offered sacrifice on Mount Carmel, where Basilides, mentioned hereafter, c. vii., "predicted his success from an inspection of the entrails."
"...I was employed and used by the Emperor Vespasian as his oracle,..."- J. M. Roberts, "Antiquity Unveiled," Testimony of Apollonius
"...Josephus being a Pharisee of the straightest sect was even more than usually predjudiced against a Gentile like myself."-J. M. Roberts, "Antiquity Unveiled," Testimony of Apollonius
"When Vespasian was emperor, Apollonius supported and counselled him so long as he worthily tried to follow out his instructions; but when he deprived the Greek cities of their privileges, he immediately rebuked the Emperor to his face. 'You have enslaved Greece,'"–Philostratus, "The Life of Apollonius of Tyana"
"Jesus-Thomas had continued to preach wherever he could that was beyond the reach of the Roman-Pauline church, ending up in Madras, where he was finally burned to death by ungrateful Hindu priests. St. Paul was the great villain of the piece, seen by the Mandaeans as a fanatic and a Roman agent."-Paul William Roberts, Journey of the Magi (1995) p. 285
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