Augustus  established the post in 2 BC when he placed two men of equestrian rank (equites Romani) at the head of his bodyguard, the praetorians (cohortes praetorianae) (Cass. Dio 55,10). The PP's original task was to command the imperial bodyguard that protected the emperor in his headquarters (praetorium). As early as the re…
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Gutsfeld, Andreas (Münster),
“Praefectus praetorio”, in:
Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry.
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