7.05 Praetorian Guard

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The Praetorian Guard was reportedly created by Augustus Cesar in 27 BC as an elite force of “bodyguards” which in time became the Secret Service of the latter Roman Empire.
By first terrorizing them, the Roman Emperors gladly welcomed the safety and protection of the Praetorian Guard who have been historically credited with the assassination of at least 8 Roman Emperors (i.e., Caligula, Galba, Pertinax, Elagabalus, Maximinus Thrax, Pupienus, Balbinus, and Aurelian). Although modern historical accounts are rather ambiguous on the topic, it can be assumed that Praetorian Guard played the role of executioner in most if not all of the 100 Roman Emperors who died from unnatural causes (i.e., accidents, assassination, execution, murder, poisoning, suicide, war, etc.). In other words, the Praetorian Guard was established to keep the status quo by routinely carrying out the assassination of Roman Emperors and politicians who became problematic. The Praetorian Guard was evidently created in response to the discovery of the “New World” (i.e., Greenland) around Anno Domini (i.e., B.C. to A.D. transition). Because the ruling class of Rome (i.e., the Imperial Cult) was in the process of permanently moving their entire empire to Greenland, they needed a core group of loyal well-trained assassins to ensure that they retained complete command and control of their empire in the underworld. The name Praetorian Guard includes the term “guard” because they strategically placed to guard again coups and revolutions within the Roman Empire. In time, the Praetorian Guard became synonymous with conspiracy and assassination as they were responsible for neutralizing any and all potential threats to the status quo. English terms such as “pray”, “prey” and “predator” were evidently derived from “Praetorian” as these Special Forces would assassinate emperors and senators, as well as and commit acts of state-sponsored terrorism in Rome. Although only 8 Emperors were admittedly assassinated by the Praetorian Guard, the number is likely far greater. A closer look at the long list of Roman Emperors which died an unnatural death (e.g., accident, assassination, military coup, murder, poison, suicide, etc.) and it’s clear that the Praetorian Guard was likely involved in most if not all of these suspicious deaths.


Praetorian Guard in Popular Culture
Tributes to the
Praetorian Guard in popular culture include but are not limited to: Cities: Pretoria, South Africa; Film:Age of Treason (1993); “Gladiator” (2000); and “The Net” (1995); Games:Warhammer 40,000” (1987-Present); Military: The Praetorian Guard's red festoon helmet is used in the official unit insignia of the U.S. Air Force Presidential Honor Guard; Politics: In 1998 House Speaker Newt Gingrich, in relation to the secret service testifying to the independent prosecutor about Bill Clinton's involvement in the Lewinsky scandal, said: “We do not have an emperor, We do not have a Praetorian Guard”; and the self-appointed Arizona Militia calls itself the Praetorian Guard; Sports: The name and helmet of the Praetorian Guard are used by Pretorian, an MMA clothing company that is popular in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC); and Video Games:Civilization IV” (2006); “Colosseum: Road to Freedom” (2005); “Fallout: New Vegas” (2010); “Hitman: Absolution” (2012); “Praetorians” (2003); Total War: Rome II” (2014); and “Travian” (2014). 
Predator in Popular Culture
The term “predator”, which was evidently derived from the Praetorian Guard, is found throughout popular culture, include but are not limited to: Aircraft: Predator, an agricultural-aircraft design by Burt Rutan; Comics:Aliens Versus Predator” (1980s), a series of comics which are part of the crossover franchise originated and published by Dark Horse Comics; “Aliens versus Predator versus The Terminator” (2000); “Aliens vs. Predator/Witchblade/Darkness” (2000); “Batman versus Predator” (1991); “Predator” (1989-2010), a series of comic books which are part of the Predator franchise published by Dark Horse Comics; “Predator”, the Love entity in DC Comics' emotional spectrum; Predator vs. Judge Dredd” (1997); “Predator vs. Magnus, Robot Fighter” (2010); “Superman vs. Predator” (2001); and “Superman and Batman versus Aliens and Predator” (2007); Films: Alien vs. Predator” (2004); Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem” (2007); “Predator, a fictional extraterrestrial species featured in the “Predator” science-fiction franchise; Predator” (1987); Predator 2” (1990); and Predators” (2010); Games: Aliens versus Predator” (1999), a video game; “Aliens Versus Predator” (2004), a canceled title; “Aliens versus Predator 2” (2001), a video game; “Aliens versus Predator 2: Primal Hunt” (2002), a video game; “Aliens versus Predator: Extinction” (2003), a video game; “Alien vs Predator” (1993), a video game; “Alien vs Predator” (1994), a video game; “Alien vs. Predator” (1994), an arcade game; “Alien vs. Predator” (2004) , a video game; “Alien vs. Predator” (2004), a video game; “Alien vs Predator” (2004), a canceled title; “Aliens vs. Predator” (2010), a video game; “Alien vs. Predator 2 2D: Requiem” (2007), a video game; “Alien vs. Predator 3D” (2005), a video game; Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem” (2007), a video game; “Aliens vs. Predator Collectible Card Game” (1997), a card game; “Alien vs Predator: The Last of His Clan” (1993), a video game; “AVP: The Hunt Begins” (2014), a miniature game; Predator, a popular series of light guns for various video game consoles; Predator” (1987), a video game; “Predator” (2004), a video game; “Predator 2” (1990), a video game; “Predator 2” (1991), a video game; “Predator: Concrete Jungle” (2005); “Predator: The Duel” (2008), a video game; “Predators” (2010), a video game; and Space Marine Predator, a tank in the game “Warhammer 40,000”; Literature: Predator” (1993), the first novel in the Isaac Asimov's Robots in Time series; Predator” (2005), a crime novel by Patricia Cornwell; and The Predator” (1996), the fifth book in the Animorphs series by K. A. Applegate; Military: Predator SRAW, a missile system; MQ-1 Predator, an unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) in use since 1995; RQ-9 Predator B, an unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) in use since 2001 and now known as the MQ-9 Reaper; and Predator C, an unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) now known as the General Atomics Avenger; Similar to the Praetorian Guard of yesteryear, the Predators and other drones protect the Roman Empire in Greenland by flying sorties round the clock using drone advanced drone technology; Music: Predator” (1996), an album by the band Accept; The Predator” (1992), an album by rapper Ice Cube The Predators”, a Japanese band; and The Predators”, an Australian band; Rides:The Predator”, a wooden roller coaster located at Darien Lake in Darien Center, New York; Sports: Adidas Predator, a range of football (soccer) shoes; Nashville Predators, an NHL hockey team in Nashville, Tennessee; Northwestern Predators, an Australian football team;  Orlando Predators, an arena football team in Orlando, Florida; and Predator”, a monster truck belonging to Predator Racing, Inc.; Television: Future predator, a fictional creature in the television series “Primeval” (2007-2011); and Terminology: Sexual predator, one who preys sexually.