Col. Rose Mary Sheldon


  • Ambush! Surprise Attack in Ancient Greek Warefare, London: Frontline Books, 2012.

  • William F. Friedman: A Man and His Collection, Online at the Marshall Library, January 2010.

  • Blood in the Sand:  Rome's Wars in Parthia, London:  Vallentine Mitchell, 2010.

  • with Thijs Voskuilen, Operation Messiah:  St Paul and Roman Intelligence, London:  Vallentine Mitchell,  2008

  • Spies from the Bible, London:  Greenhill Books, 2007.

  • Intelligence Activities in Ancient Rome: Trust in the Gods, But Verify, London:  Frank Cass, 2005.

  • Espionage in the Ancient World:  An Annotated Bibliography, Jefferson:  North Carolina, McFarland, 2003.


  • “A Guide to Ancient World Intelligence – From Antiquity to Rome,” The Intelligencer, 18/3 (Summer/Fall 2011), pp. 49-51.

  • "The Odysseus Syndrome:  Ambush and Surprise in Ancient Greek Warfare," in: European History:  Lessons for the 21st Century.  Essays from the 3rd International Conference on European History, Edited by Gregory T. Papanikos and Nicholas C.J. Pappas, Athens:  ATINER, 2007, ch. 8.

  • "Trajan's Parthian Adventure:  With Some Modern Caveats," in:  Eunan O'Halpin, Robert Armstrong and Jone Ohlmeyer, (eds.) Intelligence, Statecraft and International Power.  Historical Studies XXV.  Papers read before the 27th Irish Conference of Historians Held at Trinity College, Dublin, 2005.

  • "Ancient Intelligence," Encyclopedia of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, Golson Books, 2004.

  • "Spy Tales," Bible Review (October, 2003), pp. 12-19, 41-42.

  • "The Sator Rebus: An Unsolved Cryptogram?," Cryptologia 27,3 (July 2003), pp. 233-287.

Book Reviews:

  • Woolliscroft, David and Birgitta Hoffman, The First Frontier.  Rome in the North of Scotland, Stroud:  Tempus, 2006 in Journal of Military History, 71, 1 (January, 2007), pp. 210-211.

  • Richard A. Gabriel, The Military History of Ancient Israel, foreword by Mordechai Gichon, Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003, 334 pp. Journal of Military History 69,1 (January 2005), pp. 197-204.

  • Richard A Gabriel, The Great Armies of Antiquity, Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002, pp. xxi, 430. in: International History Review 26,2 (June 2004), pp. 100-103.

  • Peter Schaefer, The Bar Kokhba War Reconsidered, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2003, Journal of Military History, 68,2 (April 2004), pp. 582-583.

  • Peter S. Wells, The Battle That Stopped Rome, New York: W.W. Norton, 2003 in Journal of Military History, 68,2 (April 2004), pp. 582-583.