The last stand of the dwindling band of Salem believers was made by the Cynic preachers, who exhorted the Romans to abandon their wild and senseless religious rituals and return to a form of worship embodying Melchizedek’s gospel.  Jesus was once mistaken for priest of Cynics. 
Before the end of the first week in Rome Jesus had sought out, and had made the acquaintance of, the worth-while leaders of the Cynics, the Stoics, and the mystery cults, in particular the Mithraic group. 
Cynic preachers of faith and trust in God were still functioning in Roman Europe in the first century after Christ, being later incorporated into the newly forming Christian religion.  Mardus was the acknowledged leader of the Cynics of Rome, and he became a great friend of Jesus, also known as the scribe of Damascus.