"his mind is full of togas and sandals and armour and bare legs"

Although the first Christians were Jewish, the faith spread quickly throughout the Roman Empire. The New Testament makes numerous references to the empire and its leaders, including Claudius, who ruled from AD 41 to 54. Other emperors of the time included Caesar Augustus, who ruled from 27 BC to AD 14; Tiberius, who reigned at the time of Jesus' crucifixion (AD 14 to AD 37); and Caligula (AD 37 to 41).