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  • Roman legionaires

    15 31.25%
  • Praetorian Guard

    26 54.17%
  • Gladiators

    4 8.33%
  • Equiltes (cavarly)

    2 4.17%
  • Auxillarys

    1 2.08%
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    sorry if iv fogot anything..
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    Nope - as far as Romans go that's probably about it - although you might've divied up the Legions into Hastati, Princepes and Triarii....but a mere quibble on my part

    Has to be the Praetorians. When raised in 31BC they were the best of the veteran legionaries from both Augustus's army and his defeated opponents (Mark Anthony etc) who were hardened veterans of campaign and battle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Nope - as far as Romans go that's probably about it - although you might've divied up the Legions into Hastati, Princepes and Triarii....but a mere quibble on my part
    yes but it would of been the Hastati of corse cause they were the best so, quite pointless putting them in..
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    i┤ll go with praetorians aswell..

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    I said Praetorians as well.
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    bit of a 1 sided vote.
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    I'd say the Praetorian Guard followed by legionaries. The others like auxiliary and cavalry would need to be expanded in my opinion. The Romans used many different types of auxiliary units, and different types of cavalry.(usually auxiliary units as well) For example there would be Syrian archers, Gallic cavalry, Germanic cavalry, Balearic slingers ect. All should be inferior to the Praetorian Guard and the legionaries though. Rome won with its infantry, which was the best of the day. In fact the Roman infantry should be the best units in game, not just the best for the Roman faction.

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    i agree longshawks maybe Hoplites should be better, but i belive elephants will be most powerfull
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Stormer @ May 04 2003,10:18)]yes but it would of been the Hastati of corse cause they were the best so, quite pointless putting them in..
    Wheren't the Triarii the best legion soldiers? they where the oldest (not to old) and most experienct.

    but my vote goes to the Preatorians



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    trarii then i always get mixed up.
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    balearic slingers
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    I don't very well understand ... the praetorians were, indeed, the best at the moment of their creation as a unit, but ... after that they transformed themselves in a political corps, something like the SS brigades (and those weren't elite )

    The THING was that they were the only ones who were permitted to station in Rome (well, it was the german guard also, but it was disbanded after the first emperors).


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    yea PR fire but on the game they will be on the battlefeld.
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    I think I figured out why on the .com site it says that the Praetorian Guard was founded by Scipio Africanus In real life i believe Hakonarson said they were founded in 31 BC but that would not allow them to played for long in the timespan of RTW. However if the devs willfully "overlook" history and claim that the Praetorians were founded by Scipio Africanus we would be able to play with them from the Second Punic War and onwards. Just a hunch, however. I may be wrong.
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    Scipio did have a paraetorian cohorte and apparently gave them special pay and conditions, but it was only a single cohorte, many other Roman generals had praetorian units, and the historian who says Scipios were given special treatment is relatively unknown.

    As someone else said - "praetorium" merely means headquaters, and the praetorian units were initialy just tne HQ guard.

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    are praetorian guard same as praetorian cohourt
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    Yes, it is the same thing ...


    Then again, Hakonarson, the praetorian guard as an imperial guard couldn't be in the game earlier, as there were no emperors, no?


    But Scipio created the first classic praetorian corps, and they acted as bodyguards (along with the lictors).


    The later praetorian guard (as in imperial times) was transformed in some kind of police force for Rome, and their numbers were multiplied.


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    Preatorians

    How can five vote legionaries above a "special force".

    It is like, the US marines being better than the SAS or S.E.A.L... Ow, well some might think the Marines are better, they say so on CNN
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    well amybe their looking at it from the perpective of 6000 Roman legionaaires V's 600 praetorian guard.

    Then they got a good point
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Stormer @ May 04 2003,13:46)]i agree longshawks maybe Hoplites should be better, but i belive elephants will be most powerfull
    No way are Hoplites better But that discussion belongs in the Legionary vs. Hoplite thread.

    Forgot about the elephants. They should definately have the strongest attack in game, but should be prone to panic, especially if hit on the flanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Originally posted by Sjakihata Akechi
    It is like, the US marines being better than the SAS or S.E.A.L... Ow, well some might think the Marines are better, they say so on CNN
    They are better than SAS or SEALs at some things. Like storming beachheads, capturing fortified enemy positions, fighting the enemy in pitched battles ect...conventional military objectives. SAS/SEALs would be better at special operations missions like hostage rescue, sabotage, ect. Its not a fair comparison really, since both are designed to do different things. One is a conventional force, one is special operations. It's like saying which is better...Assassins/spies or Knights Templar in MTW?




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    It's like saying that the SS infantry divisions were better than the pionieer corps (better comparison, as the praetorians were more political oriented )


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    Actually I think they are wrong about Praetorians being around since 321BC. They were not around till after teh republic died and teh empire emerged. This is post Julius Caesaer. Also like someone said earlier yeah they were special body guards. Its not like comparing Navy Seals or SAS to marines its more like comparing the secret service to Navy Seals.

    Prateorians I believe only had to serve about half of the mandated military time in order to retire with pension. Also Prateorian guards were largely selected from the Germanic tribes because they were believed to be less susceptible to bribery and the politics which plagued and eventually crippled Rome. It was also expected that they would usually return to there native country after serving there emperor so there would be less need for them to make political choices in order to insure there future. Also being Germanic Praetorians were naturally stronger individuals than Romans and Italians were. This is openly accepted fact of ancient times. Germanic tribes had larger and naturally stronger men.

    I voted for Legionary as a whole because of there team work. Like it was once said about spartan warriors 1 on 1 they were good but nothing overly special however as a group they where worth many times there number. As individual fighters gladiators and praetorians would probably win but as a fighting unit I would say Legionares are the best hands down.
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    Dth you've got it almost completely wrong

    German body guards were common in hte 1st century AD but htey were not praetorians - Praetorians were recruited solely from Roman Citizens, and initialy the WERE legionaries

    The Imperial Guard was raised by Augustus in 31BC - not 321 But Praetorian cohortes were known for at least 200 years before then - they were the headquarters guard for many generals - just not organised as a seperate "arm"




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    The preatorians in the game could be the bodyguard unit for the king or the princes,i might be wrong though.
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    I never said they were created in 321 BC. Read my post I said someone else was wrong in saying that they were around so early. I also placed them at time of Agustus but was and am not sure of exact date.

    Also You are right about them being Roman Citizens however this was only until Septimus Severus around 195 AD. He then opened it to all Roman Legions also by this time a large portion of the Roman army was composed of people from conquered lands i.e. gaul. Praetorians were an Imperial Guard of 9 cohorts with only 3 being stationed in Rome at any 1 time. They also became very corrupt and even plotted and helped assasinate several Emperors i.e. they killed Caligula and placed Claudius on the throne.

    They were disbanded as Imperial guards by Constatine who saw them more as a threat than a guard force. He replaced them with a Royal Guard but Praetorian Prefect still held alot of political power and was more of a goverment office than a military one.
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    Sorry - my misreading.

    So we agree that their excesses come well after the time frame of RTW then, so in game they're going to be very good.

    Although personally I'd rather see their bonuses as being solely morale and/or valour ratherthan any base combat values.

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    Certainly the later (and maybe even the early to some extent) Praetorian guard was oriented toward guard duty and ceremonial functions. They would not have been the equal of veteran legions in battle.




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    we kind of agreed on this


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    Sorry, I tend to skim through long threads.

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    I say Roman legionnaires, because they actually built the Empire, instead of just guarding its corrupt rulers
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