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Record Nr.

STANFORDa12908723

Autore

[Sheldon, Rose Mary, 1948-]

Titolo

Intelligence activities in ancient Rome : trust in the gods, but verify / Rose Mary Sheldon

Pubbl/distr/stampa

London ; New York : Frank Cass, 2005

ISBN

0203005562

9780203005569

9780714654805

0714654809

1280157682

9781280157684

9786610157686

6610157685

1135771073

9781135771072

Descrizione fisica

1 online resource (xxvii, 317 pages) : illustrations, maps

Collana

Studies in Intelligence

Disciplina

327.1237

Lingua di pubblicazione

Inglese

Formato

Materiale a stampa

Livello bibliografico

Monografia

Nota di bibliografia

Includes bibliographical references (pages 290-309) and index.

Nota di contenuto

Trust in the gods, but verify -- Rome conquers Italy: methods and motives -- Hannibal's spies -- Diplomat, trader, messenger, client, spy: Rome's eyes and ears in the east -- The high price of failure: Crassus and the Parthians -- Caesar goes to Britain -- Julius Caesar and the end of the Roman Republic -- The Augustan revolution : communications and internal security -- Roman military intelligence -- Intelligence systems failure : the slaughter of Varus in the Teutoburgerwald -- Transmission and signaling -- The Roman secret service -- Big brother is watching you.

Sommario/riassunto

"Intelligence activities have always been an integral part of statecraft, and the Romans could not have built and protected their empire without them. Professor Sheldon uses the modern concept of the intelligence cycle to trace intelligence activities whether they were done



by private citizens, the government, or the military. The range of activities is broad: intelligence and counterintelligence gathering, covert action, clandestine operations, the use of codes and ciphers, and many other types of espionage tradecraft have all left their traces in the ancient sources. This book will certainly dispel the myth that such activities are a modern invention."--Jacket.