What does praetorian guard mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Praetorian Guard, Praetorian(noun)

    a member of the Praetorian Guard

  2. Praetorian Guard(noun)

    the elite bodyguard of a Roman Emperor in ancient Rome


  1. Praetorian Guard

    The Praetorian Guard (Latin: cohortēs praetōriae) was an elite unit of the Imperial Roman army that served as personal bodyguards and intelligence agents for the Roman emperors. During the Roman Republic, the Praetorian Guard were an escort for high-rank political officials (senators and procurators) and were bodyguards for the senior officers of the Roman legions. In 27 BC, after Rome's transition from republic to empire, the first emperor of Rome, Augustus, designated the Praetorians as his personal security escort. For three centuries, the guards of the Roman emperor were also known for their palace intrigues, by which influence upon imperial politics the Praetorians could overthrow an emperor and then proclaim his successor as the new caesar of Rome. In AD 312, Constantine the Great disbanded the cohortes praetoriae and destroyed their barracks at the Castra Praetoria.


  1. praetorian guard

    The Praetorian Guard is a special force of bodyguards used by Roman emperors. It was established by the second Roman emperor, Augustus, around 27 BC. Initially, the guard was tasked with providing protection for the emperor and his family. However, over time, it gained significant political power and was involved in various plots, palace intrigues, and the making or unmaking of emperors.


  1. Praetorian Guard

    The Praetorian Guard was a force of bodyguards used by Roman Emperors. The title was already used during the Roman Republic for the guards of Roman generals, at least since the rise to prominence of the Scipio family around 275 BC. The Guard was dissolved by Emperor Constantine I in the 4th century.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of praetorian guard in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of praetorian guard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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