Why Sejanus His Fall Is Called Sejanus Ben Johnson?
Sejanus His Fall is a tragedy English play written by Benjamin Jonson in 1603. The play starts with a story of a young and ambitious soldier at the court of Roman Emperor. He was also a close confidant of the emperor.
The play depicts his rise and fall. It was focused on the corruption prevalent in those days and involvement of king’s men in the corrupt practices. When the play was launched, it was played at the king’s court and the play got praises from the king and his men. Elated by the praises, Ben Jonson allowed the play to be performed in public. But something happened that turned Sejanus His Fall to Sejanus Ben Johnson.
In 1604, the play was performed at the Globe Theatre before public. But this time, it was changed. A co-author tweaked the play to make it more interesting but little did he know that he is making it anti-government. King found it an offence and called Ben Jonson to his court for explanation. Ben was charged for sedition for which he could be killed but he was freed.
The first job Ben did after getting freed from charges of treason; he removed the changes introduced by the co-author. He set the play right and published it in a new version and format. The new Sejanus Ben Johnson was first published in quarto in 1605 and the second publication was in folio in 1616. From 1604, there is no record of the play being performed before public until 1928.
Today the play is available in a book form for readers. People like reading the play and they get the same entertainment as they would while watching the performance. It makes an interesting read and for this reason it is a favorite book. It throws light on Roman Emperors, their life, governance and practices.
Sejanus Ben Johnson highlights the corruption in an interesting manner. It was an important book for Ben Jonson because he was a comic writer and he never tried tragedy. It was his first attempt at tragedy and he did a great job. The book is available for reading on leading libraries and bookstores.
If you want to read the play, you can read it online. There are free reading platforms that allow book lovers to read books. You can find an online reading platform and enjoy reading the tragedy written by a comedy king.
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