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Separting Myth From The Fiction,
This review is from: The Praetorian Guard: A History of Rome's Elite Special Forces: A Concise History of Rome's Elite Special Forces (Hardcover)
Bingham's [Edinburgh University] is an highly enjoyable read, and takes great pains to separate the archaeology/historical texts from the fiction of the Praetorian Guard. It primarily focuses on the Guard under the Julio-Claudians, as well as giving a potted history of the cohorts until their dissolution under Constantine. The book contains detailed information on the soldiers, their uniforms, Castra Praetoria and duties; while dispelling myths of such as the Guards wearing togas around the palace.
The book also contains excellent sections on the evasive Speculatores, and the role of the Vigiles.
The actual text only comes to 125 pages, so the £25 RRP might be a bit high for some, but I highly recommend it to any Roman enthusiast.