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Roman Praetorian Guard


The Roman Praetorian Guard was the personal bodyguard of the Roman Emperors.   Though the name was in use for several hundred years before, the formation of the Praetorian Guard as presented here began with Emperor Augustus.  He selected from among the finest troops across all of the legions and built up a force of 9 Cohorts which he 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 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 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 very flexible marching and standing poses, these figures can be used both on campaign or in the confines of their duties in and around Rome and will make a much sought after addition to any serious Roman toy soldier collection.