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    Praetorian Cohort



    The Praetorian Cohort are heavy infantry, hand picked from the bravest troops of the Legions. They are the only military units allowed to remain within the city of Rome. They are fierce soldiers, dedicated to their mission as an elite bodyguard for the mightiest of Romans. On campaign, they are equipped in the same fashion as the Legions, with legionary lorica segmenta armour, pila and gladius and these are of the finest quality. Historically, Scipio Africanus created the Praetorians from his most trusted troops, and exempted them from all duties except that of guarding his person. The Praetorians have better conditions than ordinary Legionaires, and need only complete 16 years under arms before retiring. Tribunes command the Praetorian Cohort and two Praetorian Prefects command the whole Corps. The Praetorians are the political elite of the Roman army, bodyguards to the powerful in Rome, but not always used to the rigours of campaigning.


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    Hmmmmmm

    interesting i want to go into a coma and waker up on the day of romes release.

    cant wait must have my .... my .... MY PRECIOUS

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    com eon ppl relax it will be here in a year or 3-4 muhihi

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]com eon ppl relax it will be here in a year or 3-4 muhihi
    DO U KNOW HOW LONG THAT IS
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    Hmmm Preatorians will probably trash anything that goes H2H with them,except elephants maybe,unless they carry pigs

    In the last line it indicates that they are not used to the rigours of campaigning does that mean we'll have to wait for a while before commiting them to another battle?
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    very interesting

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    Indeed Praethorians cohortes were fierless warriors; the cream of the cream among roman troops. But they were not equiped with a pila but i think pilum? and do u know that in portuguese the word pila means ....hehehehe the one and only dick...(sorry for the use of this word).


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    I think Pila might be the plural for Pilum....well it would make sense anyways.

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    It is the latin plural for pilum, and even as is they both describe an... hermmm... stick.




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    Here's a post on the Praetorians I made to the other thread dealing with the same subject:

    Hmmmm....well maybe Scipio did form some, but he did NOT form the Paetorian Guard as it's described here.

    Praetorian simply means headquaters, and many (most/all) Roman generals had a praetorian unit of some sort from the earliest times.

    But until Augustus raised the Guard in 31BC after the battle of Actium they were essentially no different from any other troops - merely the HQ guard taken from a line unit, probably the general's favourite veterans, and probably with no special terms of service. Scipio is said to have paid his 6 times as much as ordinary soldiers and exempted them from various duties, but the source for this is a relatively unknown historian Festus and isn't supported by anyone else.

    Praetorian units could be infantry or cavalry, and were often "estraordinarii" - the best of hte Latin allies.

    When Auggustus picked his guard he did choose the best veterans - both foot and horse, and both his and his opponents'. But it didn't take long before it became the preferred service for rich young Romans.

    And of course Lorica Segmentata was not in use during the time RTW covers at all It is first attested in the early years AD - the first known examples of any segmentata are from Teutonberger Wald - 9AD.

    Given that RTW finishes in 10BC for all of the period of RTW Roman body armour should be mail.

    Even then mail stayed available in the East for a century or more, and in the West heavily armoured Romans equipped specially to fight Dacian falx-weilders reverted to mail for more complete coverace in 102 AD

    History of the Praetorian Guard #1

    History of the Praetorians #2

    Oh - and the comment that they're not used to the rigours of campaigning is also highly anachronistic and applies in the later 2nd and 3rd centuries AD only It's typically accepted that they'd grown soft because they were defeated by German legions at Milvians Bridge in 312 AD, after which they were disbanded.

    The early Praetorian guard accompanied the Emperor on all his campaigns, and were well used to the rigours of campaigning

    Hisory of Praetorians #3, incl reference to Scipio's cohort.




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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Hakonarson @ May 01 2003,18:42)]Praetorian simply means headquaters, and many (most/all) Roman generals had a praetorian unit of some sort from the earliest times.


    And of course Lorica Segmentata was not in use during the time RTW covers at all It is first attested in the early years AD - the first known examples of any segmentata are from Teutonberger Wald - 9AD.
    I believe the HQ tent/building in a castra was in fact called the praetorium.

    I was bothered by the lorica segmentata description until I examined the picture where it seems as though the figure is in fact wearing mail after all. Hopefully the picture is correct and the text bogus.
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    Basileusthanks for reminding me (ouch too long to wait) get the straight jackets out

    Anyway sounds like these P(rest of word) guys are going to be you lancer unit in RTW...?

    Hmmm sleeps "wakes up" still ages to wait "hits head with hammer" repeatdly
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    Yes - i see you're right about the picture on closer examination. IIRC mail is lorica hamata, and later scale is lorica squamata

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    Red face

    my bad... as a late unit this is fine.

    Would still like to see more (any?) focus on the multitude of different cultures and peoples from this era rather than specialty (and rediculous -- in the case of the Ordered Gladiator) Romans.



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    Come on, we only saw 3 units out of 100 (? )
    and always remember it's a game not a 100% accurate simulation.

    About segmentata, IIRC that you maby could play on after 10 BC. this would justify the Lorica segmentata.
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    u dont wanna see all the units or u wont be suprised when u get ingame will ya
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    Shingen you should go read some history about the Praetorians - they were far from as useless as you make out, and were indeed battle hardened veterans when first raised in 31BC - which IS within the time frame of RTW.

    That they made emperors is largely a function of their position and has nothign to with their fighting ability.

    For most of their existance they were very good troops and quite used to campaigning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]And so FANTASY Rome continues...

    Nice... the praetorians... the only things these troops were good for was sitting on their a$$, marching in parades and assassinating Emperors. They were NOT battle hardened vetrans... They weren't from this time period, and are dressed in appropriately anyway...

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    In the last 100 years or so of the period depicted in RTW (264BC-14AD) the Praetorians are the proverbial badass professional soldiers of their day, and draw favorable comparisons to Napoleon's Old Guard in their abilities and usage. As others have said, the Praetorians won't lose their battlefield edge until much later on when they become heavily involved as the militant wildcard of Roman politics. "I heard that Little Boots squealed like a girl when he died. Now where did Claudius run to? Hey, who's the stuttering bastard hiding behind this curtain?"



    The Spartans to be depicted in RTW are not the Spartans of old but representative of the social reform that sought to restore Sparta's ancient Lycurgian constitution and bring back the 'glory days'. This small but effective Spartan army did draw from the training and methods that made their ancestors so successful in battle. Under Cleomenes III the Spartan army pasted the Aetolian league and it took a combined Macdeonian/Aetolian army to beat them at the battle of Sellasia. While the Spartan army of this period may not have been the embodiment of martial perfection like their ancestors I do believe they should be considered above average in abilities and excellent in terms of morale. In terms of RTW I don't know whether the Spartan hoplites will be buildable units or whether Sparta will be a resurgent faction like the Swiss and Burgundians of MTW or an aggressive rebel faction meant to give the Greeks and Macedonians something to sweat over.
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    Yes i dont think no barbarians would of F**ked with them so they payed em too kill the emperior, which they did with plesure
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    Spino the Spartans ahouls be around in some form or other - they were atill powerful enough to win a couple of battles as you said, and in 225BC had enough of a state to make a concious decision to abandon hoplites for pikemen.

    I'm not sure when they disappear - presumably when Rome takes over as "prtector" of greece.

    But certainly up to 225BC they were still considered formidable, although few in number.

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    If I'm not mistaken, Spino, Claudius ran to his german guard, the ones who put him on the throne.


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    I'm pretty sure the Praetorians set up Claudius.

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