The loyalty of the Praetorian Guard in 68-69 CE

Whiting, Claire (2006). The loyalty of the Praetorian Guard in 68-69 CE MPhil Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics, University of Queensland.

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Author Whiting, Claire
Thesis Title The loyalty of the Praetorian Guard in 68-69 CE
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics
Institution University of Queensland
Publication date 2006
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Supervisor Dr Tom Stevenson
Total pages 129
Language eng
Subjects L
430110 History - Classical Greek and Roman
780199 Other
Formatted abstract

The loyalty of the Praetorians was of paramount importance to every emperor during 68-69 CE but has unduly suffered because of the gross and unfair misrepresentation of them in the ancient sources. Closer examination of the literary sources, however, shows that although the ancient sources intended to portray the Praetorians as greatly disloyal, the facts reveal that the Praetorians exhibited considerable loyalty to their emperor. Unfortunately, numerous modern authors have not adequately assessed the ancient source bias, and hence the unfair and inaccurate reputation of the Praetorians continues today. It is the aim of this thesis to break down the bias of the ancient sources against the Praetorians and to consider aspects from a Praetorian viewpoint in order to elucidate the extent of Praetorian loyalty and give a somewhat more accurate depiction.

Keyword Praetorian Guard
Rome -- Army

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