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Praetorian : The Rise and Fall of Rome's Imperial Bodyguard / Guy de la Bédoyère.

Author/Creator:
De la Bédoyère, Guy author., Author,
Publication:
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2017]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (352 p.) : 16 pp. b-w illus.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Praetorian Guard -- History.
Special forces (Military science) -- Rome -- History.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
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 served 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.
Contents:
Frontmatter
CONTENTS
Plan of Castra Praetoria
Introduction
1. Evolution (44-31 BC)
2. Foundation (31 BC-AD 14)
3. Ambition (14-37)
4. Making History (37-51)
5. A Tale of Two Prefects (51-68)
6. Civil War (69)
7. To the Victor, the Spoils (69-98)
8. Concordia Exercituum (98-180)
9. The Age of Iron and Rust (180-235)
10. Decline and Dissolution (235-312)
Epilogue
Appendix 1: Key Dates
Appendix 2: Praetorian Pay and Organization
Appendix 3: Praetorian Prefects
Appendix 4: Glossary of Terms
Notes
Bibliography and References
Index of Emperors
General Index
Illustration Credits
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 29. Feb 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780300226270
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300226270 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.