Genealogies of the Aristocracy
Below you will find genealogies that show the relationships between various members of royalty and the aristocracy, and the Roman historians who mention Christianity or Christians. The genealogies should demonstrate the fact that royalty only married their relatives, which means no one other than those individuals who were of royal blood could ever rule. This family 'tradition' has continued from ancient times right through to modern-day royalty.
All the Roman Emperors from Antoninus Pius onward were descended from the powerful senatorial family the Calpurnius Pisos, via the individual called Arrius Calpurnius Piso (known in history as Flavius Josephus). The genealogies demonstrate that for thousands of years, a royal oligarchy has ruled the known world. Previously, the genealogies below have only been traced back to one certain individual and have appeared to end with that individual, with no apparent way to continue the line.
That is because, it seems, previous scholars have taken the historical information at face value, which the information below shows. The ancient royal relationships were purposely made hard to discover, and can only be connected by being able to deduce the rest of the family line and their relatives, by building profiles with all of the information that is available on those individuals. That is where prosopography comes in, which is used to examine the lives of multiple individuals in order to explain the structures of politics and society. It works by analyzing relevant biographical information and patterns in regards to a defined group of people.