Vietnam travel for We conclude, then, that the great comet that appeared in the aftermath of Julius Caesar’s death, less than four decades before the birth of Jesus, was perceived to be a resoundingly positive omen by most of the people of Rome and by Octavian himself. Moreover, Seneca, in his Natural History , speaks of a comet that appeared when Nero was emperor and redeemed comets from their bad reputation, commenting that it was not the same one as had appeared in the aftermath of Julius Caesar’s death in BC. Seneca’s statement reveals that there was a cometary apparition during the reign of Nero that, like the one in BC, was broadly interpreted to be a decidedly positive omen, so manifestly good indeed that it seemed to transform the reputation of comets. In addition, Pseudo-Hegesippus claimed that a comet near the start of the First Jewish War was interpreted by Jews as a sign that they would succeed in their bid for freedom from the Romans. Comets therefore could be interpreted positively in the Greco-Roman world. The widespread claim that they were always perceived to be negative omens must be laid to rest once and for all. Mercifully, some who advocate alternative hypotheses concerning the Star of Bethlehem, like Bulmer-Thomas, are willing to concede that, in view of the various examples of comets announcing good news in ancient literature, the argument that the Star of Bethlehem could not have been a comet because comets always had a negative signiicance has little force. Vietnam travel 2016.