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Apr 4th, 2006 at 6:15pm
 
Found this in the Greek author Appian of Alexandria.
(c.95-165 ) 
  This is from the Mithridatic Wars, that happened in Turkey
  " Two Athenian slaves- either because they favored the Romans, or they were looking for their own safety in an emergency- wrote down everything that took place there,enclosed their writing in leaden balls, and threw them over to the Romans with slings."
  Messages by slings, smart thinking.
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Reply #1 - Apr 4th, 2006 at 6:28pm
 
And by the time the Romans dug out the glans from the chest of their chief intelligence officer, it was too late and the secret 'died with him'.


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Reply #2 - Apr 5th, 2006 at 10:38am
 
How could the Romans find the glandes? With the speed a sling stone have, it would probarbly go pretty deep into the ground.

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Reply #3 - Apr 5th, 2006 at 12:45pm
 
if they watched the glands come down, i don't think it would have been all that hard. I'd assume that there was more than one copy; sling the same message several times.

And really, they are the roman army Smiley
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Reply #4 - Apr 6th, 2006 at 6:28am
 
"Oh yeah the Roman Army", Snicker, snicker.....Aleric the Goth. Wink
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Reply #5 - Apr 9th, 2006 at 11:43am
 
I can imagine ( only my theory) that they would wrap the messages in thin lead sheet. They probably had friends on the inside.
  Turns out that the commander, Lucius Cornelius, found out about this, and leaked false information to the slaves, who, in turn, leaked it to the Romans.
  Turned out the Romans had a big suprise waiting for them when they tried a sneak attack.
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Reply #6 - Apr 10th, 2006 at 5:08am
 
Lucius Cornelius was on the Roman side - commander inside was a real creep named Aristion.

Mithridatic Wars are my speciality.... and like all the authors of the time Appian tended to recount events and not look so much at the motivation or background to those events. As plenty of other rpeople have spotted, how the hell would the Romans have known to break open the leaden balls? Them slaves must have been in communication with Sulla before the siege bit - early espionage agents.

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Reply #7 - Apr 10th, 2006 at 7:46am
 
That's pretty cool! never heard of this before.
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Reply #8 - Apr 10th, 2006 at 6:08pm
 
Yeah, I can just see it. A soldier with a glandes in his chest.   " Message for you, Sir!"
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Reply #9 - Apr 11th, 2006 at 10:19pm
 
"Sir, I have an idea! We put this paper with a message on it in a lead ball and we throw it over this wall. It's like email, but LETHAL!"
"Brilliant! Uh, what's email?"
"It's like this, but less dangerous."
"Oh."
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lol!
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Reply #11 - Apr 12th, 2006 at 7:03am
 
It makes more sense to put the message inside of a freshly made (aka wet/soft) clay round.  If it DOES hit someone, it will break up on impact.

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Reply #12 - Apr 12th, 2006 at 4:38pm
 
or a dried(not baked) clay glande, as it would go up in a cloud of smoke on impact, leaving behind the message.
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Reply #13 - Apr 12th, 2006 at 5:29pm
 
They could of made the glande hollow, and of course, dried clay.
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Reply #14 - Apr 15th, 2006 at 11:49am
 
Found another reference that clears up some of the questions.
  This is from The Spanish War, XVI, of Ceasar.
  Pompey's 2nd Legion was preparing to attack the city of Corduba. Naturally, the Cordubans had a spy in the Legion.
  " A bullet was shot into the cit of Corduba. It was inscribed that he ( the spy) would make a certain shield was visible to the city when Pompey's legion  was going to storm the city."
  It was probably some kind of shorthand code. Thats been done for thousands of years.
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