Espionage in the Ancient World
An Annotated Bibliography of Books and Articles in Western Languages
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About the Book
Intelligence activities have always been an integral part of statecraft. Ancient governments, like modern ones, realized that to keep their borders safe, control their populations, and keep abreast of political developments abroad, they needed a means to collect the intelligence which enabled them to make informed decisions. Today we are well aware of the damage spies can do.
Here, for the first time, is a comprehensive guide to the literature of ancient intelligence. The entries present books and periodical articles in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, and Dutch—with annotations in English. These works address such subjects as intelligence collection and analysis (political and military), counterintelligence, espionage, cryptology (Greek and Latin), tradecraft, covert action, and similar topics (it does not include general battle studies and general discussions of foreign policy).
Sections are devoted to general espionage, intelligence related to road building, communication, and tradecraft, intelligence in Greece, during the reign of Alexander the Great and in the Hellenistic Age, in the Roman republic, the Roman empire, the Byzantine empire, the Muslim world, and in Russia, China, India, and Africa. The books can be located in libraries in the United States; in cases where volumes are in one library only, the author indicates where they may be found.
About the Author(s)
Foreword by Thomas-Durrell Young
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: glossary, index
Copyright Date: 2008 
Table of Contents
Road Building, Communications, Tradecraft 18
THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST
Mesopotamia and Palestine 29
Assyria and Babylonia 46
The Skytale 72
The Spartan Krypteia 79
Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age 81
THE ROMAN REPUBLIC
Tironian Notes 90
THE ROMAN EMPIRE
THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE
Greek Fire 159
Dubthach Cipher & the Bamberg Cryptogram 170
Bacon Cipher 173
The Voynich Manuscript 175
THE ISLAMIC WORLD
RUSSIA, CHINA, INDIA, AFRICA
China and Southeast Asia 185
An Unsolved Cryptogram: The Sator Rebus 189
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