Sejanus His Fall HTML version
Dramatis Personae and the Argument
DRUSUS SENIOR. SANQUINIUS.
DRUSUS JUNIOR. JULIUS POSTHUMUS.
CALIGULA. FULCINIUS TRIO.
LUCIUS ARRUNTIUS. MINUTIUS.
CAIUS SILIUS. SATRIUS SECUNDUS.
TITIUS SABINUS. PINNARIUS NATTA.
MARCUS LEPIDUS. OPSIUS.
CREMUTIUS CORDUS. Tribuni.
ASINIUS GALLUS. Praecones.
GRACINUS LACO. Nuntius.
LATIARIS. Servi etc.
SERTORIUS MACRO. AGRIPPINA.
DOMITIUS AFER. SOSIA.
AELIUS SEJANUS, son to Seius Strabo, a gentleman of Rome, and born at Vulsinium;
after his long service in court, first under Augustus; afterward, Tiberius; grew into that
favour with the latter, and won him by those arts, as there wanted nothing but the name to
make him a co-partner of the empire. Which greatness of his, Drusus, the emperor's son,
not brooking; after many smothered dislikes, it one day breaking out, the prince struck
him publicly on the face. To revenge which disgrace, Livia, the wife of Drusus (being
before corrupted by him to her dishonour, and the discovery of her husband's counsels)
Sejanus practiseth with, together with her physician called Eudemus, and one Lygdus an
eunuch, to poison Drusus. This their inhuman act having successful and unsuspected
passage, it emboldeneth Sejanus to further and more insolent projects, even the ambition
of the empire; where finding the lets he must encounter to be many and hard, in respect of
the issue of Germanicus, who were next in hope for the succession, he deviseth to make
Tiberius' self his means, and instils into his ears many doubts and suspicions, both against
the princes, and their mother Agrippina; which Caesar jealously hearkening to, as
covetously consenteth to their ruin, and their friends. In this time, the better to mature and
strengthen his design, Sejanus labours to marry Livia, and worketh with all his ingine, to
remove Tiberius from the knowledge of public business, with allurements of a quiet and