Crucifixion was used for slaves, pirates, and enemies of the state. It was considered a most shameful and disgraceful way to die. Condemned Roman citizens were usually exempt from crucifixion (like feudal nobles from hanging, dying more honorably by decapitation) except for major crimes against the state, such as high treason.
ie, someone claiming to be King, Tiberius would not have like that at all!
That assumes that any of the story is true
Quite! But the Jewish authorities would have not been able to execute enemies of Rome, again, a King!
Theres is no reason to assume that J was physically anointed, any more than an heir apparant is crowned. I can see no other reason for crucifying J as 'King of the Jews!'
Strange how his death is blamed on the Jews as they could not have done it as 'King of the Jews!'
Mind, history has blamed us for everything!'
First people deny a thing, then they belittle it, then they say it was known all along! Von Humboldt