Exploratio: Military and Political Intelligence in the Roman World from the Second Punic War to the Battle of Adrianople (Paperback)
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Short Description for Exploratio The first ever survey of Roman military and civil intelligence; examines in detail the operation of Roman intelligence gathering from shaky beginnings to a high level of efficiency, and shows who gathered it and for whom.
- Published: 01 May 1998
- Format: Paperback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415183017 ISBN 10: 0415183014
- Sales rank: 545,162
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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.