“My Sejanus”: An Ancient Roman Prefect’s Lust for Power and Downfall

Rome’s ruthless upstart was really a savvy insider, until fortune turned her back on him. On October 18 in the year 31 CE, the Roman senate convened, prepared to confer ultimate power on the second man in the empire, Lucius Aelius Seianus. Over the previous decade and more, Sejanus (as he is known in English)[…]