- the bodyguard of a military commander, especially the imperial guard stationed in Rome.
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- the bodyguard of the Roman emperors, noted for its political corruption, which existed from 27 bc to 312 ad
- a member of this bodyguard
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In the ancient Roman Empire, the emperor's bodyguard.
The term is sometimes applied to the inner circle of advisers to a major political figure.
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