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

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Yale University Press
Publish Date
May 22, 2018
5.1 X 1.2 X 7.9 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Guy de la Bédoyère is author of a widely admired series of books on Romano-British history. He has appeared regularly on the UK's Channel 4 archaeology series Time Team and is well known in the United States for his volume The Romans for Dummies. He lives in Grantham, UK.


"Any future researcher into the subject will certainly begin here."--Peter Jones, Times (London)
"This book is a lively and up-to-date history of the Praetorian Guard, the anti-coup divisions of the Roman emperors from Augustus to Constantine. De la Bédoyère tells their story with clarity and panache, and his book can be most warmly recommended both to aspiring tyrants and the ordinary armchair historian."--Peter Thonemann, Sunday Times
"This is a fast paced and engaging history of the Praetorian Guard."--Harry Sidebottom, Sunday Telegraph
"The dramatic story of the soldiers at the heart of the Roman empire. Lively and full of insight, de la Bedoyere traces the history of the praetorians and the emperors they served, murdered and made, through three hundred years of intrigue and drama."--Adrian Goldsworthy
"A definitive and highly readable account of a key institution of the Roman Empire."--Tom Holland, author of Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic