Information and Frontiers

Information and Frontiers : Roman Foreign Relations in Late Antiquity

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During late antiquity the Roman empire faced serious threats from the peoples to the east and to the north. This book is concerned with the role played by information and intelligence in the empire's relations with these peoples, how well-informed about them the empire was, and how such information was acquired. It deals with an important facet of late Roman history which has not previously received systematic treatment, and does so in a wide-ranging manner which relates the military/diplomatic history to its broader social/cultural and economic more

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  • Hardback | 236 pages
  • 154.9 x 236.2 x 20.3mm | 453.6g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 052139256X
  • 9780521392563

Table of contents

Preface; Chronological list of selected Roman emperors (early third to early seventh century); Chronolocial list of Sasanian kings (2205-628); Maps; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. Contexts: 1. The protagonists; 2. At the interface: the frontier regions; Part II. Information and Uncertainty: 3. Background knowledge and assumptions; 4. Strategic intelligence; Part III. Sources of Information: 5. Diffusion of information; 6. Information-gathering; Select bibliography; Index of sources; General more