Allan Mallinson

Who will guard the guards?

Guy de la Bédoyère vividly demonstrates just how dangerously capricious the Roman emperors’ personal troops could be

The history of an army is essentially the history of its deeds. The history of an army within an army is more intriguing. The Praetorian Guard, a modern term, was founded, or rather formalised, around 27 BC by Augustus for the protection of the emperor and his family. Hitherto, cohors praetoria had been a generic description of the body of troops detailed, ad hoc, for the protection of a general on campaign.

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