Sejanus His Fall

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A Roman tragedy by Jonson, performed by the King's Men 1603, with Shakespeare and Burbage in the cast, printed 1605.

Based mainly on Tacitus, the play deals with the rise of Sejanus during the reign of Tiberius, his destruction of the family of Germanicus, and his poisoning of Tiberius' son Drusus. Suspecting the scope of his favourite's ambition, Tiberius leaves Rome, setting his agent Macro to spy on him. Tiberius denounces Sejanus in a letter to the senate, which condemns him to death, and the mob, stirred up by Macro, tears him to pieces.

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Ben Jonson (1572—1637) poet and playwright