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By Sandra Bingham

ISBN-10: 1845118847

ISBN-13: 9781845118846

From the Immortals, the non-public bodyguard of the Persian Achaemenid kings; the death-or-glory partners, Alexander the Great's wonderful cavalry corps; to Napoleon's Imperial Guards, flower of the French military, choose martial cohorts are perennially interesting. and maybe no unique strength instructions the romance, the mystique or the iconic attraction of old Rome's throroughbred safeguard and counter-insurgency squadron: the popular Praetorian safeguard. This elite army unit existed for over three hundred years. Conceived as a private military for the emperor, the safeguard quickly took over a variety of powers in Rome, and hence from the very starting made a miles larger influence at the city's existence than simply as an imperial bodyguard. The Praetorians have been in truth inseparable from the total equipment of nation, now and again even making or breaking person emperors. Sandra Bingham the following deals a well timed historical past of the shield from its origin by means of Augustus in 27 BCE to its disbandment by means of Constantine in CE 312. subject matters lined comprise fingers and insignia; the scale, recruitment and command constitution of the protect; length of carrier; the tasks of person squaddies and officials; and their familes and faith. the writer additionally presents a full of life and finished survey of the Praetorians within the resources of antiquity. Augmented by means of rigorously chosen illustrations, maps and plans, this booklet could be very important studying for college kids and armed forces background lovers alike.

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