was just one of many sources (80?) that confirmed that Jesus existed. In his history of the Jewish people, Josephus described Jesus as a wise man who performed some surprising deeds and remarkable feats and was popular amongst many Jews and Greeks. He also wrote that Jesus was convicted by leading members of society and crucified by Pontius Pilate. So Josephus confirmed that it was Pilate, the Roman governor, who sentenced Jesus to death. And thanks to recent research in archaeology we know where Pilate lived.
Caesarea, once the site of a Phoenician port, lies sixty miles north-west of Jerusalem. It had a deep sea port, an aqueduct and a magnificent amphitheatre that is still functional today for concerts. It was the second city in Palestine after Jerusalem. It was the seat of Pilate's power where the Romans governed Judea two thousand years ago. Caesarea was a mighty outpost of the Roman empire. Herod, the Jewish king, had built this great all-weather port on the Mediterranean, which was finished in 10 BC and taken over by the Romans as their headquarters in this region.
Reliable knowledge of the life of Jesus is limited. Though Josephus, amongst others, confirmed that Jesus did live and die, we have to rely on the Gospels to tell us about the circumstances of his birth, his life and the ideals he lived and died for. Jesus left no written statements. And there is no evidence to suggest his followers kept written accounts of his actions or teaching during his lifetime. But we are almost certain the Gospel writers got the essentials of Jesus's life story correct even though these were stories handed down for at least forty years. Over the years the complimentary work carried out by historians, archaeologists and scientist is making it easier to establish and understand what went on in the world that Jesus lived in. Details are gradually being clarified and confirmed.