Historical Context of
The Conspiracy to Assassinate
The Conspiracy to Assassinate Jesus Christ is constructed from the pieced-together, often contradictory
accounts of Sejanus’ real life exploits in The Annals of
Cornelius Tacitus, Cassius Dio’s Roman History, Ben Johnson’s play Sejanus, Guglielmo Ferrero’s Women of the Caesars, relevant works of Philo of Alexandria, and volumes of Internet-based documents.
The principal sources for the story of Jesus Christ are several highly
respected English translations of the Bible. The New Testament account
of Jesus is faithfully maintained and never intentionally misrepresented,
with artistic license taken only for the denouement of Judas.
The Conspiracy to Assassinate Jesus Christ
combines an accurate historical account of Sejanus’ bid for power with an original and convincing
interpretation of the motivations of Pontius Pilate, Judas Iscariot,
Joseph Caiaphas, and the Sanhedrin and their respective roles in the
execution of Jesus.
Lucius Sejanus was one of the most Machiavellian schemers in history.
He was an arbiter of life and death, worshipped as a living god and
immortalized in stone. Oaths were sworn upon his fortunes and sacrifices
were made in his name, but he ultimately became little more than a
footnote in history.