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Michael Kulikowski: The Praetorian Guard, 4 May 2017

Praetorian: The Rise and Fall of Rome’s Imperial Bodyguard 
by Guy de la Bédoyère.
Yale, 336 pp., £25, March 2017, 978 0 300 21895 4
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... from the best of the troops who had followed him. The auction story is impossible to resist and Guy de la Bédoyère duly starts with it. Similarly dramatic scenes pervade his book: whenever the praetorians enter the light of history, drama is unavoidable. The Praetorian Guard was important because of its ...

Little Brits

Tom Shippey: Murder on Hadrian’s Wall, 19 November 2015

The Real Lives of Roman Britain 
by Guy de la Bédoyère.
Yale, 241 pp., £20, May 2015, 978 0 300 20719 4
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... his question is rhetorical, replies: aqueducts, sanitation, medicine, public order, etc etc. Guy de la Bédoyère, on the other hand, doesn’t need a list: the Romans’ most important legacy, he suggests in his new book, is literacy, and specifically the habit of written memorialisation. Pre-Roman relics are ...

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