In your eyes was Jesus a real person? ...
Well, "in [my] eyes", yes ...and no.
I believe the advent of Roman
Christianity was in response to one or more of the 'messianic movements' that fostered bloody revolts in the decades following the Empire's conquest of the so-called Holy Land
. As such, it was modeled in part on the philosophies and dictates of those movements, but with a hidden truth as to the real identity of the messiah it named. Above all else, the Romans knew how use a conquered people's religious dogmas to their advantage.
From John Hudson review of Caesar's Messiah
(by Joseph Atwill):
[. . .]The Jewish War, culminating in the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE, had devastated the Mediterranean economy, and the Romans were anxious to prevent another messianic outbreak. In order to make any reconstruction of the country lasting, the Romans needed to offer the Jews alternative stories that would distract them from the messianic messages inherent in the Torah, and persuade them to accept Roman values.
According to Atwill, the Romans' solution to these problems was to create a special kind of post-war propaganda. They called it in Greek evangelion, a technical term meaning "good news of military victory." In English, it is translated as "gospel." The name is in fact ironic humor: the Romans were amusing themselves with the notion of making the Jews accept, as the actions of the Messiah Jesus, what were in fact literary echoes of the very battles in which the Romans had defeated the Jews' armies.
A further joke was buried in unmistakable parallels between the life of Jesus and that of Titus: in worshiping Jesus, the Jews who adopted Christianity, as it came to be called, were in fact hailing the Emperor of their conquerors as god. [...]
Of course, not everyone in its intended audience was fooled by the hoax at the time, but the movement steadily gained popularity and momentum across the Empire until it became the dominant religion of Rome during the reign of Constantine (who was, as Titus and Domitian before him, of Flavian descent).
Apart from the many strange
parallels between the Biblical Gospels and the writings of Titus's personal historian, Josephus, there is some archeological evidence that links Titus (in particular) and the Flavians (in general) to the earliest incarnation of Christianity. For instance, a coin bearing Titus's image was adorned on the inverse with an anchor/cross and fish, which is widely regarded as a paleo-Christian symbol. Among other early Christian depictions, the very same symbol was discovered in the catacombs of Domtitian's niece, Domitilla.
...Was he a witch? ...
The person (or persons) on which the Roman Jesus
character was based? Almost certainly not. From a purely Roman perspective, he would have been a messianic zealot and a rebel, but not a witch.
...Can we learn something about Witchcraft through looking at his life as recorded and him?
In my opinion, little more can be learned by such a person ...than how not
to approach the desired destruction of our conquerors' "establishment views".