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Intelligence Activities in Ancient Rome: Trust in the Gods But Verify (Studies in Intelligence)

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Professor Sheldon uses the modern concept of the intelligence cycle to trace intelligence activities in Rome whether they were done by private citizens, the government, or the military.

Examining a broad range of activities the book looks at the many types of espionage tradecraft that have left their traces in the ancient sources:

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Hardcover, 317 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Routledge (first published December 16th 2004)
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Wendy
May 18, 2014 Wendy rated it liked it
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It's hard to rate this book overall: it was a bit less exciting than I'd hoped for, but that's largely to do with two things. The first is that ancient Roman intelligence wasn't quite as exciting as I might have hoped for. It was a little underdeveloped by modern standards, and to the extent that Rome engaged in what we might call "spying," most of it was spying on their own citizens. The second is that the book is really written for the expert in military intelligence. Not so much in the sense ...more
Sineala
Jul 12, 2012 Sineala rated it really liked it
A very good, detailed treatment of Roman intelligence from early Rome up to the late empire, with special focus on particular campaigns where intelligence or lack thereof played a key role (Parthia, Hannibal, Caesar's invasion of Britain). I particularly enjoyed the sections on the scouts of the frontier as well as the chapter on the frumentarii. I assume if you're picking this up you already know what you're getting into, and there's a lot of good stuff here.
Brian Jackson
May 29, 2015 Brian Jackson rated it liked it
An interesting study of how the Roman gathered (or failed to gather) intelligence in the ancient world, minus a formal intelligence apparatus. Thoroughly footnoted and researched.
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