Praetorian: The Rise and Fall of Rome's Imperial Bodyguard

Praetorian: The Rise and Fall of Rome's Imperial

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.

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  • ASIN: 0300218958

The Romans: An Introduction (Peoples of the Ancient World)

The Romans: An Introduction (Peoples of the Ancient

The Romans: An Introduction, 3rd edition engages students in the study of ancient Rome by exploring specific historical events and examining the evidence. This focus enables students not only to learn history and culture but also to understand how we recreate this picture of Roman life. The thematic threads of individuals and events (political, social, legal, military conflicts) are considered and reconsidered in each chapter, providing continuity and illustrating how political, social, and legal norms change over time. This new edition contains extensive updated and revised material designed to evoke the themes and debates which resonate in both the ancient and modern worlds: class struggles, imperialism, constitutional power (checks & balances), the role of the family, slavery, urbanisation, and religious tolerance. Robust case studies with modern parallels push students to interpret and analyze historical events and serve as jumping off points for multifaceted discussion. New features include: Increased emphasis on developing skills in interpretation and analysis which can be used across all disciplines. Expanded historical coverage of Republican history and the Legacy of Rome. An expanded introduction to the ancient source materials, as well as a more focused and analytica...

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  • ASIN: 1138776688

Agrippina: Mother of Nero (Roman Imperial Biographies)

Agrippina: Mother of Nero (Roman Imperial

In this dynamic new biography - the first on Agrippina in English - Professor Barrett uses the latest archaeological, numismatic and historical evidence to provide a close and detailed study of her life and career. He shows how Agrippina's political contribution to her time seems in fact to have been positive, and that when she is judged by her achievements she demands admiration. Revealing the true figure behind the propaganda and the political machinations of which she was capable, he assesses the impact of her marriage to the emperor Claudius, on the country and her family. Finally, he exposed her one real failing - her relationship with her son, the monster of her own making to whom, in horrific and violent circumstances, she would eventually fall victim.

  • ASIN: 0713468548

Hadrian: The Restless Emperor (Roman Imperial Biographies)

Hadrian: The Restless Emperor (Roman Imperial

  • ASIN: 041516544X

The Later Roman Empire: (a.D. 354-378) (Classics)

The Later Roman Empire: (a.D. 354-378)

Ammianus Marcellinus was the last great Roman historian, and his writings rank alongside those of Livy and Tacitus. The Later Roman Empire chronicles a period of twenty-five years during Marcellinus' own lifetime, covering the reigns of Constantius, Julian, Jovian, Valentinian I, and Valens, and providing eyewitness accounts of significant military events including the Battle of Strasbourg and the Goth's Revolt. Portraying a time of rapid and dramatic change, Marcellinus describes an Empire exhausted by excessive taxation, corruption, the financial ruin of the middle classes and the progressive decline in the morale of the army. In this magisterial depiction of the closing decades of the Roman Empire, we can see the seeds of events that were to lead to the fall of the city, just twenty years after Marcellinus' death.

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Nero: The End of a Dynasty (Roman Imperial Biographies)

Nero: The End of a Dynasty (Roman Imperial

Nero's personality and crimes have always intrigued historians and writers of fiction. However, his reign also illuminates the nature of the Julio-Claudian Principate. Nero's suicide brought to an end the dynasty Augustus had founded, and placed in jeopardy the political system he had devised.Miriam T. Griffin's authoratitive survey of Nero's reign incorporates both a chronological account, as well as an analysis of the reasons for Nero's collapse under the pressure of his role as emperor.

  • ASIN: 0415214645

First Legion ROM101 Imperial Roman Praetorian Guard with Pilum #1

First Legion ROM101 Imperial Roman Praetorian Guard with

This is the second release covering the Imperial Roman Praetorian Guard! While First Legion's first release portrayed the Praetorians marching, this time they are portrayed being heavily engaged in combat while protecting the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. The Roman Praetorian Guard was the personal bodyguard of the Roman Emperors.In addition to their political role of being the strongest armed military force within Rome, the guards took part in various campaigns and battles including those of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius as they were at least the equal of any other Roman Legion in terms of effectiveness in combat. Presented here in striking combat poses, these figures are designed to be fully engaged with the enemies of Rome. The guard pictured stands in attack position with his pilum ready to strike enemies as he shields his body.With their imperial purple colors, black leather lorica segmentata, and photo etched steel pilum, this Roman Praetorian Guard release from First Legion is very striking!

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Nero: The End of a Dynasty (Roman Imperial Biographies)

Nero: The End of a Dynasty (Roman Imperial

Nero's personality and crimes have always intrigued historians and writers of fiction. However, his reign also illuminates the nature of the Julio-Claudian Principate. Nero's suicide brought to an end the dynasty Augustus had founded, and placed in jeopardy the political system he had devised.Miriam T. Griffin's authoratitive survey of Nero's reign incorporates both a chronological account, as well as an analysis of the reasons for Nero's collapse under the pressure of his role as emperor.

  • ASIN: 1138139157

Vulcan's Fury: The Dark Lands

Vulcan's Fury: The Dark

The Roman Empire, arisen from the ash and ice that covered the world after the wrath of the gods fell from the heavens, must confront an ancient evil that threatens the entire known world…A few thousand years after Old Rome was destroyed, the dream of the Roman Survivors had become a reality. Vulcan’s Fury, as the impact event was known, had become a distant but poignant memory of how wrathful the gods can be, and it was the duty of every Roman to see that they were never angered again. Over those many years, the Roman Empire had finally brought to heel the entire known world, save the Dark Lands. Hidden behind a barrier of smoldering volcanoes and the deadly Haunted Sea, the Dark Lands were at the heart of ancient legends among the Romans of terrible beasts, and worse, that had once feasted upon the flesh of men in the earliest days of the First Spring.But ancient legends held no fear for Princess Valeria, daughter of Caesar Tiberius Claudius Augustus. Enthralled by reports of strange happenings along the coast and bored by the life of a young Roman noblewoman, she begs her father to allow her to travel to the coast of the Haunted Sea to indulge her curiosity. Tiberius grants her request, anxious to see her safely away from Rome, where the Senate is plotting against him. Tog...

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Nine for the Devil (John, the Lord Chamberlain Mysteries)

Nine for the Devil (John, the Lord Chamberlain

"[A] spot-on recreation of the political and bureaucratic climate of the times." ―Publishers Weekly STARRED reviewThe year is 548 and Empress Theodora is dead. Emperor Justinian suspects murder and orders John, his Lord Chamberlain, to find her killer or suffer the consequences. Many aristocrats at the imperial court had reason to want Theodora dead. General Artabanes, Justinian's cousin Germanus, and Antonina and her husband General Belisarius have suffered at Theodora's hands. Might Gaius, palace physician, have tampered with Theodora's medication? Even Pope Vigilius, detained in the capital by a religious controversy, is not above suspicion.Meanwhile, John must also grapple with domestic upheavals. His daughter is about to give birth and his aging servant Peter is dying. Will John be able to serve justice, his loved ones, and the emperor?

  • ASIN: 1590589963

Emperors Don't Die in Bed

Emperors Don't Die in

This fresh and engaging book looks at each of the Roman emperors from Julius Caesar in 44BC to Romulus Augustulus in AD 476, illuminating not only the manner of their deaths but what their final days tell us about their lives. We also hear how the most powerful position in the history of the Western world held a permanent appeal, despite its perils, with eager candidates constantly coming forward to seize the throne. Very few of the Roman emperors died a natural death. The insane Caligula was murdered after leaving the theatre; Caracalla while he was relieving himself. Caesar was stabbed twenty three times and Otho was dragged into the Tiber with a flesh-hook. However great an emperor's power, danger was ever present. Emperors Don't Die in Bed provides a clear history of the imperial succession as well as a compelling depiction of the intrigue and drama of Roman imperial politics.

  • ASIN: 0415312027

First Legion ROM048 Imperial Roman Praetorian Guard Standing in Cloak

First Legion ROM048 Imperial Roman Praetorian Guard Standing

First Legion presents the Roman Praetorian Guard, the personal bodyguard of the Roman Emperors. Though the name Praetorian was in use for several centuries, the formation of the Praetorian Guard as presented here began with Emperor Augustus. The Guard was selected from among the finest troops across all of the legions and consisted of a force nine Cohorts strong which were stationed in and around Rome. Though in name they were the bodyguard of the Emperor, the Praetorian Guard played a political role as well, as they were the strongest armed force within the city and thus were something of a double edged sword to the Emperors which they protected. In addition, they took part in various campaigns and battles, as they were at least the equal of any other Roman Legion in terms of combat effectiveness. Standing guard occupied a vast portion of the Praetorian Guard's time, though watching over the Emperor was a great honor.

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  • ASIN: B01NCOUF93

Alien Rome

Alien

  • ASIN: B000864KDE

D. Octavius Caesar Augustus: The Lives of the Twelve Caesars Vol. II

D. Octavius Caesar Augustus: The Lives of the

The Twelve Caesars', is a set of twelve biographies of Julius Caesar and the first 11 emperors of the Roman Empire written by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus. The work, written in AD 121 during the reign of the emperor Hadrian, was the most popular work of Suetonius, at that time Hadrian's personal secretary, and is the largest among his surviving writings. 'The Twelve Caesars' is considered very significant in antiquity and remains a primary source on Roman history. Augustus was the founder of the Roman Empire and its first Emperor, ruling from 27 BC until his death in 14 AD. His reign initiated an era of relative peace known as the Pax Romana (The Roman Peace). Despite continuous wars of imperial expansion on the Empire's frontiers and one year-long civil war over the imperial succession, the Roman world was largely free from large-scale conflict for more than two centuries. Augustus dramatically enlarged the Empire, expanded possessions in Africa, expanded into Germania, and completed the conquest of Hispania. Beyond the frontiers, he secured the Empire with a buffer region of client states, and made peace with the Parthian Empire through diplomacy. He reformed the Roman system of taxation, developed networks of roads with an official courier system, established a standing army, e...

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Roman Imperial Royal Praetorian Guard Shield T-shirt

Roman Imperial Royal Praetorian Guard Shield

The elite Roman soldiers from ancient Rome, bodyguards of the Emperor. Part of the Roman Legions/ Ancient Warriors Collection

  • Color: Black
  • Brand: Warlord Apparel
  • ASIN: B07N3DLNNV

The Unwilling Vestal

The Unwilling

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

  • ASIN: 141918640X

First Legion ROM106 Imperial Roman Praetorian Guard with Gladius #4

First Legion ROM106 Imperial Roman Praetorian Guard with

This is First Legion's second release covering the Imperial Roman Praetorian Guard! While the first release portrayed the Praetorians marching, this release portrays them heavily engaged in combat protecting the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. The Roman Praetorian Guard was the personal bodyguard of the Roman Emperors.In addition to their political role of being the strongest armed military force within Rome, they took part in various campaigns and battles including those of Marcus Aurelius as they were at least the equal of any other Roman Legion in terms of combat effectiveness. Presented here in striking combat poses, these Roman Praetorian Guard miniatures are designed to be fully engaged with the enemies of Rome. This particular figure stands tall in a ready position, gladius in hand and ready for combat.With their imperial purple colors, black leather lorica segmentata, and photo etched steel gladius, this release from First Legion is very striking!

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  • ASIN: B01NCOU4D8

First Legion ROM109 Imperial Roman Praetorian Guard Vexillifer

First Legion ROM109 Imperial Roman Praetorian Guard

First Legion has created a second release covering the Imperial Roman Praetorian Guard! The Praetorians were marching, and now they are heavily engaged in combat, protecting Emperor Marcus Aurelius. The Roman Praetorian Guard was the personal bodyguard of the Roman Emperors.In addition to being the strongest armed military force within Rome, a highly political position, they took part in various campaigns and battles; including those of Marcus Aurelius. The Guard was at least the equal of any other Roman Legion in terms of combat effectiveness. Presented here in striking combat poses, these figures are designed to be fully engaged with the enemies of Rome.Suitable to their station, Praetorian Guards wore Imperial purple colors, black leather lorica segmentata, and carried deadly steel. Vexillifers or Vexillarius were flag bearers, carrying cloth flags possibly denoting a detachment from a specific legion or an entire cavalry unit. This Vexillifer is hotly engaged, swinging his gladius in defense of the flag.

  • Brand: First Legion
  • ASIN: B01NCOT9KD

First Legion ROM095 Imperial Roman Praetorian Guard Signifier

First Legion ROM095 Imperial Roman Praetorian Guard

This is the second First Legion release covering the Imperial Roman Praetorian Guard! While the first release portrayed the Praetorians marching, this time they are portrayed heavily engaged in combat protecting the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. The Roman Praetorian Guard was the personal bodyguard of the Roman Emperors.In addition to their political role of being the strongest armed military force within Rome, they took part in various campaigns and battles including those of Marcus Aurelius as they were at least the equal of any other Roman Legion in terms of combat effectiveness. Presented here in striking combat poses, these figures are designed to be fully engaged with the enemies of Rome.With their imperial purple colors, black leather lorica segmentata, signum, and photo etched steel gladius, this release is very striking! This Praetorian is the assigned signifier, but that doesn't mean he can't fight with the cohort if the situation demands it.A signifer was a standard bearer of the Roman legions. He carried a signum (standard) for a cohort or century. Each century had a signifer (thus, there were 59 in a legion) and within each cohort the first century's signifer would be the senior.

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  • ASIN: B01N5I49WT

First Legion ROM097 Imperial Roman Praetorian Guard Cornicen

First Legion ROM097 Imperial Roman Praetorian Guard

This is the second First Legion release featuring the Imperial Roman Praetorian Guard! While the first release had the Praetorians in marching poses, this time they are portrayed heavily engaged in combat protecting the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. The Roman Praetorian Guard was the personal bodyguard of the Roman Emperors. In addition to their political role of being the strongest armed military force within Rome, they took part in various campaigns and battles, including those of Marcus Aurelius. These combat poses are designed to be fully engaged with the enemies of Rome!The Praetorian cornicen, in his lion headdress and with his signature cornu, is visually striking!A cornicen (plural cornicines) was a junior officer in the Roman Army. The cornicen's job was to signal salutes to officers and sound orders to the legions.

  • Brand: First Legion
  • ASIN: B01MZ2GXFX
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