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Contributed by Southpaw Ben

My Take by Southpaw Ben

The Purges Will Continue Until Morale Improves

Contributed by David Verne

Sejanus has been appointed as co-consul of Tiberius and continues convicting and executing his opponents in Rome. Several conspirators manage to get several letters to Tiberius outlining how much Sejanus was usurping his power. Enraged at Sejanus' betrayal, Tiberius wrote a letter to be read to a session of the Senate attended by Sejanus. The beginning of the letter went on and on about administrative business, but suddenly veered into a denunciation of Sejanus and a call for his trial and execution on charges of treason. The Senate didn't need any encouragement, and the Praetorians didn't do anything to help their prefect as Tiberius had sent them a letter informing them that Sejanus was replaced. He was found guilty and strangled to death. Riots broke out as the populace, who had also suffered heavily from his purges, tore his body to pieces and killed any of Sejanus' allies they could find. Livilla, the former wife of Tiberius' son Drusus, who had helped Sejanus murder Drusus, was reported to Tiberius by a slave. Tiberius turned her over to her mother, who imprisoned and starved her to death. [1]

My Take by David Verne
The treason trials would continue under Tiberius, who would seek to kill anyone associated with Sejanus. The people convicted in these trials were not allowed to be buried, anyone attempting to do so was executed, and the bodies were left in piles rotting. Men, women, and children were all caught up in the madness, and the last years of his reign will solidify his reputation as a cruel tyrant.

See Also


  1. Duncan, Mike (June 14, 2009). Partner of my Labours.

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