-And Caesar Augustus is known to have taken a census [perhaps injunctively] of Roman citizens at least three times, in 28 BC, 8 BC, and 14. (Res Gestae Divi Augusti, 8) ["the achievements of the deified Augustus"].
I have made further comments/discussions on this topic on this Christian Forum thread.
[Actually...I have just noticed (October 27, 2012, -ca. 2 years later) that at some point after our original discussion someone, evidently a moderator, went back and most irresponsibly (i.e., without any due indicators) went back and selective hacked up that discussion, evidently, in order to “moronically”, for lack of a more spiritually descriptive Biblical term, remove everything that had no valid argument against, namely, the corroborating proofing, as stated above, that the Star of Bethlehem was not a natural occurrence, but indeed “a distant company of shining angels.” So that discussion at some point really has no sequitur flow as parts of posts are cut off and entire postings have been removed, -though the moderator (presumedly, guilefully) tries to make is seem that the Reply #’s are sequential and unbroken. I have therefore provided my draft copy of that discussion which includes the entire discussion as it originally was. See this PDF copy.