Pretorian bands

(Rom. Hist.) the emperor's bodyguards, instituted by the Emperor Augustus in nine cohorts of 1,000 men each.

See also: Pretorian

References in classic literature ?
For their men of war; it is a dangerous state, where they live and remain in a body, and are used to donatives; whereof we see examples in the janizaries, and pretorian bands of Rome; but trainings of men, and arming them in several places, and under several commanders, and without donatives, are things of defence, and no danger.