Information is power - the Romans certainly thought so - and if you thought that MI5 or the CIA were modern inceptions, think again! Ancient Rome had its own version, and it was very efficient.
After prostitution, espionage is often cited as the 2nd oldest profession, and there is documented evidence that secret services existed across Europe during the reign of Elizabeth I - but this walking lecture takes you back to Ancient Rome, among the ruins of imperial palaces which once dominated the Palatine Hill and the ancient city below.
This uniquely interesting tour offers insights into who were the real 'eyes' and 'ears' of Rome.
The 007's of the Roman Empire were given all manner of orders, such as "to clean" the old Senate ('clean' meaning 'to kill off'), upon appointment of a new Emperor; and when Caesar wanted to invade Great Britain he sent several Intelligence Men ahead to report back on local habits and customs (information that would help with all the conquering plans!).
During this fascinating stroll there will be opportunity to visit the Palatine museum and enjoy the spectacular views. At the conclusion of your tour you can bid us farewell and descend to the Roman Forum below, or remain at your leisure in the attractive oasis of the Palatine.
2 hours walking
You will be walking on gravel paths and grass during this tour so comfy footwear is advised.
Meeting location: to be agreed. Depending upon the location of your hotel we could meet you at reception or arrange a suitable point close to the Palatine but away from the crowds.
You will see where the original buildings of the Secret Services were located, which you can visit at your leisure after the tour, but we won't pass here during the lecture as the two sites are far from one another.
Included: map and opening times