Exploratio: Military and Political Intelligence in the Roman World from the Second Punic War to the Battle of Adrianople

Exploratio: Military and Political Intelligence in the Roman World from the Second Punic War to the Battle of Adrianople

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By (author) N. J. E. Austin, By (author) N. B. Rankov

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 234mm x 26mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 1 May 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415183014
  • ISBN 13: 9780415183017
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 18 line figures, 11 b&w photographs, notes, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 681,864

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Exploratio is the first ever survey of Roman military and civil intelligence. The authors examine in detail the operation and gradual development of Roman intelligence-gathering from shaky beginnings to a high level of excellence. They identify who gathered it, and for whom. This study shows the effects of intelligence on policy formation at various levels from the purely local through to the global. The consequences of various instances of the mishandling of information are uncovered. Austin and Rankov also demonstrate that intelligence gathering was not necessarily directed from Rome, but had for practical reasons to be carried out and processed on the frontiers themselves. Exploratio is important reading for all students and teachers of Roman history. It will also appeal to those with a general interest in military or diplomatic history.

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"Austin and Rankov have done an admirable job in filling a serious gap in the study of Roman history: a comprehensive study of how Roman intelligence worked."-"Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Table of contents

List of Figures List of Plates Preface Abbreviations 1. Introduction: The Other Side of the Hill 2. The Hostile Horizon: Strategic Intelligence 3. Making Contact: Tactical Intelligence 4. Groping towards Empire: The Republic 5. The View from Rome: The Emperor's Perspective 6. Facing Facts: The Governor and his Officium 7. The Watch on the Frontier: The Governor's Perspective 8. Bridging the Gap: Emperors on the Frontiers 9. Hierarchies of Intelligence: The Fourth Century 10: Full Cycle: The Development of Roman Intelligence Notes Bibliography General Index Index of Sources.