This will spin your head. Ralph Ellis dug around the historical record and found out who Jesus was. His work covers vast swathes of history and completely changes anyone’s view of who the key characters were.
Jesus was descended from the royal line of Egypt, from Cleopatra VII. In explanation, a relatively unknown daughter of Cleopatra was given by Emperor Octavian to King Phraates IV of Persia in 20 BC, as a diplomatic bride, and she became Queen of Persia in 2 BC.
But she was exiled to Syria in AD 4. This royal exile was the historical foundation for the nativity story, of a prince born in humble surroundings – which is why this birth was visited by the Persian Magi priesthood (the three kings). Lectures by Ralph Ellis