In honour of Epiphany yesterday, I thought I might point out a couple of references to the Magi in Cicero that I came across: De Divinatione 1.23.46 and De Finibus 5.87, where he specifically mentions Magi from Persia. This is at least a century before Matthew mentions them. I’m sure if I looked up the magi at Wikipedia, I would find that several others do as well, but I was surprised to find such an early reference to them.
The good Bishop Tom had an Epiphany party last night. Good food, good conversation, and a compline service to end the night. As we left we even had a live camel to pet.