Augustus caesar-ruler of roman empire & chief priest. Ac referred as divi luli filius (son of the divine julius) Coins during jesus" time had that on them son of god . Augustus is doing this not only to make himself & his uncle an idol but so that the. A. c. also given the title god from god, lord, redeemer, liberator & saviour of the world before jesus. School of academic thought tried to show that christianity was influenced by mystery religions. As rome conquered new territory, mystery religions were discovered e. g. mithras this is of persian origin cult brought in by pompei"s army. Cult groups were usually small, exclusively male, sacred meals, initiation, progress in moving up in the ranks within the religion. These elements of inition, small meetings, is really common in many different religions so scholars now don"t think they had as much of an influence as they thought.