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EPUB ↠ MOBI Praetorian The Rise and Fall of Rome's Imperial Bodyguard ò 9780300218954 · 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 eliAll 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 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 in the future Every now and then there was a little comment that made me chuckle and elevated the book in my eyes Definitely recommended to those in the normal crew Claudius' wife at the time Messalina was in fact his cousin by virtue of the fact that his grandmother Octavia was also her great grandmother She produced two children at least supposedly by Claudius Britannicus and Octavia

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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 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 readable volume and will probably make you want to read other volumes such as Tacitus and Suetonius Guy de la Bedoyere does draw on the accounts of Tacitus Suetonius and Josephus but also draws upon archaeology and has demonstrated a well researched and worthy contribution to the canon of Roman historyThe book is very readable and each chapter features a short abstract outlining the direction of Roman history to be covered in the respective chapter making it easier to keep paceOn the whole a very readable and valuable book and a very digestible account of classical history

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Praetorian The Rise and Fall of Rome's Imperial BodyguardA 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 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 as whether the guards’ cohorts were uingenary composed of 500 men or milliary made up of 1000 troops and the evolution of the term cohors praetoria from the purely descriptive to the imperially prescriptive then you will be in historical heaven However if you would prefer a gossipy trip through the underbelly of Roman imperial politics and the temptations attendant upon being the bodyguard to the most powerful man in the world then Praetorian might disappoint A serious historian de la Bédoyère prefers to pass over or passingly refer to some of the salacious details of Roman history on the not unreasonable grounds that these were likely inventions to please an audience no less keen on scandal then than are audiences of reality TV today In Roman terms de la Bédoyère is Josephus than Suetonius While no one would disagree that history should inform it’s an open uestion as to how much it should entertain For instance when presented with an opportunity such as Hadrian’s praetorian prefect going by the name of uintus Marcius Turbo should the responsible historian abstain from the temptation to turn name into pun as being beneath his historical credibility or should he revel in it claiming that it will help the reader to remember while really indulging in wordplay for the sheer fun of it It will come as no surprise that de la Bédoyère reacts to the name with all the disdain of Lady Bracknell presented with a handbag This is not to say the book is dull but rather that it turns deliberately from the sensational to the plausible It is at its liveliest where our sources are most extensive but it becomes interestingly scholarly where the sources are at their thinnest as this allows de la Bédoyère to deploy his considerable knowledge of epigraphs – the inscriptions cut into tombs – and temple dedications to deepen and broaden our understanding of how the Praetorians were deployed in the later stages of the Empire From being bodyguards they had become imperial firefighters putting out rebellions and repelling invasions or even acting as sentries on a grain route in far off Numidia It was a long way from the intrigues of Sejanus Indeed it was the intrigues of the prefects in the disastrous third century that eventually led to the dissolution of the Praetorians when they picked the wrong side in the war between Constantine and Maxentius Having gained the purple Constantine was not about to let the Praetorians play the role of emperor maker again and the Castra Praetoria their camp in Rome was demolished The Praetorians were no longer players But among the many books on the Guard this one certainly is