The very first identifiable image later to be known as a Trade Mark dates back to Ancient times. Under the Rule of the Roman Empire that controlled and dominated the entire known “Ancient world”, the subjects of Rome in foreign lands had very little idea of the appearance of the Imperial Ruler.
The Romans introduced the mechanisms of the Imperialist Roman Civilisation, Government Institutions and Administration, Rule of Law, Judicial System, Education system, transport and road networks, water retention systems, Tax n Tax collection, the introduction of the Roman Currency throughout the Empire, enforced slave labour for mining of gold, silver and other valuable minerals, building programs which included Government Buildings and new housing which included introduction of dining rooms. In real terms the Romans were the instigators of the new Civilisation , which became the basis for Governance for centuries thereafter and some argue the impact on systems of Governments that can be seen to this day.
The newly introduced Roman Imperial System affected the behavioural patterns and lifestyles of the conquered peoples.
Rome with its advanced methods of warfare was an efficiently well organised Roman Imperial Military. It had a far superior military than the opposing fighting forces. Soldier training programs, the impenetrable Military Columns, battalions of horsemen, advanced weaponry combined with a brutal , violent and merciless fighting mentality are all part of their history.
Militarily, Rome was second to none.
The Romans considered the Tribes as Barbarians that needed to be conquered for their own benefit. The goal was for them to become an addition to the Imperial System of Rome. Many of the conquered were carefully selected and forcibly inducted into the Roman Armies.
A large number of conquered subjects were forced into slavery. Enforced labour camps rose to complete the Roman Masters projects. These where benefited as they consolidated and increased the power and wealth of the Roman Empire. On highest hierarchy the Emperor and his cronies, the Senate and the successful Military Leaders. Below them a pyramid structure similar to that of Ancient Egypt or other ancient empires. The Ruling Class was a very small percentage of the total population. An elite wealthy and powerful group.
Caesar Where Art Thou? Who Art Thou?
In the far off corners of the Imperial Empire the conquered Roman subjects had no visual concept of the Roman Emperors appearance. Caesar s advisors suggested that a Statue of Caesar be commissioned. The brief to the Emperors sculptors, the stonemasons, was to create a sculpture that would portray a godlike leader, the immortal one, paternal in nature, compassionate ,all powerful with a superior intelligent and unchallengeable.
Images of the Emperor were also stamped on the currency, gold and silver coins. Coins were also stamped with images that commemorated Roman Military Victories.
Caesar’s image on sculptures and coins became the first widely recognisable International Trade Mark.
Et Tu Brute
After the demise of Julius Caesar, subsequent Roman Emperors, majority of which had retained the title of Caesar, the “Emperors Caesar”, commissioned statues and commemorative coins of themselves. These where sent to the Conquered lands.
The statues were strategically placed in the town centres and city squares throughout the Empire as a means of Consolidation of Power and the identification of the Roman Emperor.
The images on Coins and Statues of the Rulers and Leaders of Countries and the Cult of Heroes was mirrored in Countries throughout the world from the Roman period until the present.
Caesar’s adopted son Augustus was proclaimed as Divi Filius or Son of God. Augustus cleverly channelled the impulse toward Emperor Worship, the Caesar deification into a politically acceptable direction. Thus the beginning of the Cult of Emperor Worship. God in the form of a man. Augustus was the first Leader/ Emperor of the Romano-Hellenic Civilisation.
Centre of Christianity? Why Rome?
There are conflicting views of who was the first Pope (papal. Greek for father) many contend it was Apostle Peter. Some historians contend that it was Paul (accepting the Bible as a genuine Historical document). Other historians contend that the first Pope was Marcellinus, 304AD.
The very first usage of the Term Pope dates back to the Egyptian “Christians”, the Coptic Egyptians. The title Pope was bestowed on the 13th Patriarch of Alexander, Pope Heracleus, there are some scholars who contend that the first Sun of God, SUN/ SON.. was the God Horus who dates back to 3000 years BC. God of the Sky, Son of Osiris, the creator. Horus is depicted as a Falcon and was supposedly the first birth by immaculate conception, the first virgin birth.
The Roman Emperors and their clans did not consider Ancient “God Contenders” as the real God. The Emperors succession as Emperor-Gods had to strengthened and maintained , the seat of power was dependent on the concept of Emperor-God. God is Emperor and Emperor is God.
The succession of Roman Emperor-Gods continued for centuries. The Roman Empire prospered. Rome, in 306 AD, decreed that Emperor Constantine was the first Roman Pope. Not just the Pope but Emperor-Pope. From 306 to 337 AD, Constantine replaced the Roman -Golden-Eagle-Symbol with the symbol of the cross.
Imperial Rome became Papal Rome on October 28, 312 AD. Effectively an ancient hijacking of Christianity, not to be in Jerusalem nor Nazareth but in ROME the epicentre of the faithful, the true believers’ centre of the Roman Empire.