The Praetorian Guard : A History of Rome’s Elite Special Forces
by Sandra Bingham
Editor: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
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Conceived as a personal army of the emperor, the Praetorian guard elite soon regained a wide range of powers in Rome and therefore from the outset made much more of an impact on city life than did an imperial bodyguard.The praetorians were indeed inseparable from the whole mechanism of the State, in some cases even making or breaking individual emperors.Sandra Bingham here offers a brief history of the guard since its foundation by Augustus in 27 B. C. to its dissolution by Constantine in 312 CE.Topics include weapons and insignia; the size, recruitment and command structure of the guard; length of service; the duties of individual soldiers and officers; and their families, daily life and religion.
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