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The Praetorian Guard

Author : Boris Rankov
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The Praetorian Guard of Imperial Rome was the power behind the throne, with the ability to make or break an emperor. As the main body of troops in Rome, they were the emperor's instrument to discourage plotting and rebellion and to crush unrest. The emperor's most immediate line of defence, they could also be his most deadly enemies. This book details the organization, dress and history of the Praetorian Guard from the time of the late Republic to the Guard's effective destruction at the battle of Milvian Bridge in AD 312. Numerous illustrations vividly depict the uniforms and weaponry of this elite fighting unit.

The Praetorian Guard

Author : Sandra Bingham
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Conceived as a personal army for the emperor, the elite Praetorian Guard soon took over a wide range of powers in Rome, and thus from the very beginning made a much greater impact on the city's life than just as an imperial bodyguard. The Praetorians were in fact inseparable from the whole machinery of state, in some cases even making or breaking individual emperors. Sandra Bingham here offers a timely history of the Guard from its foundation by Augustus in 27 BCE to its disbandment by Constantine in CE 312. Topics covered include arms and insignia; the size, recruitment and command structure of the Guard; duration of service; the duties of individual soldiers and officers; and their families, daily lives and religion.

The Praetorian Guard

Author : John Stockwell
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Since its publication in 1991 this book has stayed in print, although some parts may now be dated. Stockwell examines often unjustified involvement of the CIA in many parts of the world, through thousands of covert operations, which have ended the lives of millions of people. He describes secret and obscure operations, some of which entailed the killing of people by the thousands at Angola, and others such as the one which overthrew the first democratic government in Guatemala, and the creation of the infamous "death squads" in that country and El Salvador, to murder civilians and seed terror among the people.

Praetorian

Author : Guy de la Bedoyere
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“The dramatic story of the soldiers at the heart of the Roman empire . . . traces the history of the praetorians and the emperors they served.”—Adrian Goldsworthy, author of Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors Founded by Augustus around 27 B.C., the elite Praetorian Guard was tasked with the protection of the emperor and his family. As the centuries unfolded, however, Praetorian soldiers served not only as protectors and enforcers but also as powerful political players. Fiercely loyal to some emperors, they vied with others and ruthlessly toppled those who displeased them, including Caligula, Nero, Pertinax, and many more. Guy de la Bédoyère provides a compelling first full narrative history of the Praetorians, whose dangerous ambitions ceased only when Constantine permanently disbanded them. de la Bédoyère introduces Praetorians of all echelons, from prefects and messengers to artillery experts and executioners. He explores the delicate position of emperors for whom prestige and guile were the only defenses against bodyguards hungry for power. Folding fascinating details into a broad assessment of the Praetorian era, the author sheds new light on the wielding of power in the greatest of the ancient world’s empires. “Any future researcher into the subject will certainly begin here.”—The Times (London) “A lively and up-to-date history of the Praetorian Guard, the anti-coup divisions of the Roman emperors from Augustus to Constantine. De la Bédoyère tells their story with clarity and panache, and his book can be most warmly recommended both to aspiring tyrants and the ordinary armchair historian.”—The Sunday Times “Fast paced and engaging.”—The Sunday Telegraph “A definitive and highly readable account.”—Tom Holland, author of Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic

Roman Guardsman 62 BC AD 324

Author : Ross Cowan
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From the civil wars of the Late Republic to Constantine's bloody reunification of the Empire, elite corps of guardsmen were at the heart of every Roman army. Whether as bodyguards or as shock troops in battle, the fighting skills of praetorians, speculatores, singulares and protectores determined the course of Roman history. Modern scholars tend to present the praetorians as pampered, disloyal and battle-shy, but the Romans knew them as valiant warriors, men who strove to live up to their honorific title pia vindex – loyal and avenging. Closely associated with the Republican praetorian cohorts, and gradually assimilated into the Imperial Praetorian Guard, were the speculatores. A cohort was established by Marc Antony in the 30s BC for the purposes of reconnaissance and intelligence gathering, but soon the speculatores were acting as close bodyguards a role they maintained until the end of the first century AD. This title will detail the changing nature of these units, their organization and operational successes and failures from their origins in the late Republic through to their unsuccessful struggle against Constantine the Great.

The Role and Character of the Praetorian Guard and the Praetorian Perfecture Until the Accession of Vespasian

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A Wolf by the Ears

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Roman Emperors Murdered by the Praetorian Guard

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 30. Chapters: Caligula, Commodus, Galba, Elagabalus, Caracalla, Aurelian, Marcus Aurelius Probus, Numerian, Pertinax, Gordian III, Carus, Pupienus and Balbinus. Excerpt: Caligula (Latin: 31 August AD 12 - 24 January AD 41), also known as Gaius, was Roman Emperor from 37 to 41. Caligula was a member of the house of rulers conventionally known as the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Caligula's father Germanicus, the nephew and adopted son of emperor Tiberius, was a very successful general and one of Rome's most beloved public figures. The young Gaius earned the nickname Caligula (meaning "little soldier's boot," the diminutive form of caliga, n. hob-nailed military boot) from his father's soldiers while accompanying him during his campaigns in Germania. When Germanicus died at Antioch in 19 AD, his wife Agrippina the Elder returned to Rome with her six children where she became entangled in an increasingly bitter feud with Tiberius. This conflict eventually led to the destruction of her family, with Caligula as the sole male survivor. Unscathed by the deadly intrigues, Caligula accepted the invitation to join the emperor on the island of Capri in 31, where Tiberius himself had withdrawn five years earlier. At the death of Tiberius in 37, Caligula succeeded his great-uncle and adoptive grandfather. There are few surviving sources on Caligula's reign, although he is described as a noble and moderate ruler during the first two years of his rule. After this, the sources focus upon his cruelty, extravagance, and sexual perversity, presenting him as an insane tyrant. While the reliability of these sources has been questioned, it is known that during his brief reign, Caligula worked to increase the authority of the emperor. He directed much of his attention to ambitious construction projects and notoriously luxurious dwellings for himself....

The Loyalty of the Praetorian Guard in 68 69 CE

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Roman Emperors and the Praetorian Guard

Author : Katharine E. Cockcroft
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Praetorian Guard

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The Praetorian Guard was an elite group of soldiers or bodyguards used by the Roman Emperors. This march is a musical depiction of the spectacle that would be viewed as a procession of these soldiers marched through the crowded streets of Rome escorting the Emperor to his destination.

Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome

Author : Lesley Adkins
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A one-volume reference on the history of the Roman Empire covers more than 1,200 years of Roman rule from the 8th century B.C. to the 5th century A.D.

The Role of the Praetorian Guard in the Personal Security Precautions of the Roman Emperor 30 B C A D 235 and Contemporary Perceptions of the Security Problem

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The Role and Character of the Praetorian Guard and the Praetorian Prefecture Until the Accession of Vespassian

Author : John Latimer Kerr
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The Praetorian Guard in the Political and Social Life of Julio Claudian Rome

Author : Sandra J. Bingham
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Sherman s Praetorian Guard Civil War Letters of John McIntyre Lemmon 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry

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This collection of Civil War letters from the pen of Captain John M. Lemmon of the 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry fills a void in Civil War scholarship, covering the entire service of one of most highly regarded regiments in the Army of the Tennessee. Lemmon enlisted in 1861 and served with the 72nd Ohio throughout its term of service. Captain Lemmon proved a keen observer of the war and the issues over which it was fought; his record within the regiment was one of an earnest yet modest officer. His letters document the war as it was fought in western Tennessee and northern Mississippi, a theater characterized equally by grand engagements and periods of tedium. From Shiloh to Vicksburg, Brice's Crossroads to Nashville and beyond, Sherman's Praetorian Guards tells the complete story of the 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Elite Fighting Forces

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The most authoritative and up-to-date account available on special forces in history, with texts by noted military historians.

The Praetorian Guard in the Political and Social Life of Julio Claudian Rome

Author : Sandra Jean Bingham
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The Praetorian Guard in the Political and Social Life of Julio Claudian Rome

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The Role Played by the Praetorian Guard in the Events of AD 69 as Described by Tacitus in His Historiae

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In AD 69 the Praetorian Guard played an important, often crucial role, in both the political and military events of the year. Frequently referred to as the 'Year of the four emperors', AD 69 was a year of marked political upheaval, assassination and civil war. Three men, Galba, Otho, and Vitellius all ruled briefly as emperor, until Vespasian emerged as the ultimate victor, restoring peace to the Roman world and establishing the Flavian dynasty (AD 69 96). Tacitus documented the events of this turbulent year in vivid detail in the surviving books of his Historiae. Fortunately, for the purposes of this study Tacitus' narrative frequently highlights the actions and motivations of not only the Praetorian Prefects, but also the Praetorian officers and the rank and file of the Guard. This thesis intends to bring together the Praetorian Guard, the year AD 69 and the historian Tacitus. It will examine comprehensively the involvement of the Praetorian Guard in the most significant political and military events of the year and will explore the behaviour and motivations of the Praetorian Prefects, the Praetorian officers and the Praetorian soldiers. Although there have been a number of excellent studies on Tacitus' Historiae, no previous survey of this year has focussed exclusively on the Praetorian Guard. While Tacitus' narrative forms the basis for the study the chance survival of three other parallel though briefer accounts the biographies in Plutarch and Suetonius, and the epitome of Cassius Dio's history allows some opportunity to assess his historical accuracy. Non-literary sources, such as coins, inscriptions and archaeological remains are also employed for this purpose whenever possible. It will become clear during the course of this thesis that while the actual role played by the Praetorian Guard under each emperor varied considerably, one factor remains constant: their overall importance and contribution to each reign was considerable, though not necessarily always positive, and their decisions and subsequent actions could determine the course of events.