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A riveting account of ancient Rome’s imperial bodyguard the select band of soldiers who wielded the power to make or destroy the emperors they servedFounded by Augustus around 27 BC 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 pow. An okay reference book on the Praetorian guard and it does an good job of plotting out the history of the most notorious body guards in history but it is not the most readable of books and since the source material is limited it uses a lot of secondary sources which by nature gives it a bit conjecture than I would prefer in an academic approach to the subject Still a good reference guide but for such an interesting topic this could of been written so much better

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Praetorian The Rise and Fall of Rome's Imperial Bodyguard

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 empir. A readable account of the history of the Praetorians using contemporary sources where possible and filling in the gaps with inferences from archeological evidence The narrative is clear where there is room for doubt and gives reasoned arguments for deductions made It probably does not suit a reader with a casual interest in the period but is worthwhile reading for a deeper understanding of The Guard s origins organisation and influence on Roman history The Prank War contemporary sources where possible and filling in the gaps with inferences from archeological evidence The narrative is Grammar and Practice with Answer Key clear where there is room for doubt and gives reasoned arguments for deductions made It probably does not suit a reader with a Pills and Pacifiers: An Age-Play Medical Fantasy casual interest in the period but is worthwhile reading for a deeper understanding of The Guard s origins organisation and influence on Roman history

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Erful political players Fiercely loyal to some emperors they vied with others and ruthlessly toppled those who displeased them including Caligula Nero Pertinax and many 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. An exciting brilliantly researched and highly enjoyable work Guy de la Bedoyeres Praetorian is a must read for anyone interested in Roman military history or in the Gaurd itselfThe work which describes the formation evolution and decline of the Praetorian s from the days of the Republic to the later Roman Empire is an immense achievement utilising written sources epigraphic evidence numismatics and archaeology to demonstrate the development of the organisation showing it than just the Emperors personal bodyguard but also his Police force in Rome and on detail abroad as a strategic reserve in the events of war as a pool of administrators tax collectors builders firefighters to name but a few The scope of the Praetorian s usefulness to an Emperor in bringing about his desires objectives and goals were as great as there ability to topple replace or keep him in power The proximity of the guard to the Emperor did not always mean security for the latter as was demonstrated numerous times when the Praetorian s alone took it upon themselves to choose the destiny of the Empire by raising or removing one Emperor after another Though this book demonstrates the broad use of Praetorian Guard in the Imperial service in numerous ways over a period of 300 years it is not an all encompassing history of the Roman Empire rather it is a history of the Empire from the perspective of the guard and their role in it As such though some background is given to wider events surrounding Roman history between the foundation in 27BC and disbandment of the guard in 312AD the rapid pace of events dates and names may confuse those unfamiliar with the different periods of Roman history Otherwise this is a sound work and an excellent guide to anyone wishing to understand the military wing of Roman politics and the key role played by the Praetorian whether good or bad in shaping Roman History


10 thoughts on “Praetorian The Rise and Fall of Rome's Imperial Bodyguard

  1. says:

    De la Bédoyère’s book on the Praetorians will likely become the definitive account of the rise and fall of the emperor’s bodyguards but whether it is the best book on the subject depends on what the reader is looking for when opening its pages If you are looking for a sober and scholarly history of the Praetorians with a thorough examination of the sources or lack of them and extensive discussions of such issues

  2. says:

    An okay reference book on the Praetorian guard and it does an good job of plotting out the history of the most notorious body guards in history but it is not the most readable of books and since the source material is limited it uses a lot of secondary sources which by nature gives it a bit conjecture than I would prefer in an aca

  3. says:

    This is an excellent example of a history book that can appeal to people with no knowledge on its subject as well as to people who have studied the topic a little alreadyGuy de la Bédoyère garnered help and praise from Tom Holland and Adrian Goldsworthy both of whom are respected in works of the same period I’ve enjoyed their books in their past so I rightly took their insight and approval as a good sign for Praet

  4. says:

    A very interesting discussion on a difficult subject The author looks at the men who ran the emperor's bodyguard as well as the guard itself shedding some light on where they came from and how they influenced the s

  5. says:

    An exciting brilliantly researched and highly enjoyable work Guy de la Bedoyeres' 'Praetorian' is a must read for anyone interested in Roman military history or in the Gaurd itselfThe work which describes the formation evolution and decline of the Praetorian's from the days of the Republic to the later Roman Empire is an immense a

  6. says:

    In some ways a history of Rome or Rome's politics but seen through an essential linchpin of Roman politics One learns from this volume if it wasn't already clear that the Praetorians acted on several occasions as Kingmakers either assassinating inept leaders such as Caligula or Caracalla or effectively deciding the fate of others such as NeroFor those who are interested in Roman history this is an entirely read

  7. says:

    c2017 2 Really interesting and written in an approachable way I have no doubt that this will be a reference book used by many a fiction writer

  8. says:

    This book took me forever Not because it was poorly written but rather because every page sent me off to Wikipedia or other sources to read up of what was going on I think I’ve read wiki articles in the past month and a half than I have in years if you’re interested in Rome highly recommend the book One criti

  9. says:

    A readable account of the history of the Praetorians using contemporary sources where possible and filling in the gaps with inferences from archeological evidence The narrative is clear where there is room for doubt and gives reasoned arguments for deductions made It probably does not suit a reader with a casual interest in the period but is worthwhile reading for a deeper understanding of The Guard’s origins organisa

  10. says:

    BrilliantI'm fascinated by the guard and found this to be a good resource on it I also like the writing style I found mys

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