PRAETORIAN: THE RISE AND FALL OF ROME’S IMPERIAL BODYGUARD
344pp., illus., P.B. 2018 reissue. 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. Fiercely loyal to some emperors, they vied with others and ruthlessly toppled those who displeased them, including Caligula, Nero, Pertinax, and many more.