Sherwin-White, Adrian Nicholas, 1911-1993
by P A Brunt
- 17 Apr 2016
- 0-19-726162-0 hbk
Extract relating to military intelligence work:
Even the war affected Sherwin’s mode of life less than that of most of his contemporaries. He joined the navy, but a defect of sight barred him from active service. He was employed by the Admiralty in the production of one of the excellent handbooks on foreign lands designed for the guidance of officers who might be concerned in their liberation, occupation or other dealings with them. This was scholarly activity that fitted one of Sherwin’s prior interests. Before the war he had travelled extensively in north Africa, and the knowledge thereby acquired bore fruit in his first article (1944) for the Journal of Roman Studies, on the historical geography of Algeria, a necessary background for the understanding of the Roman problems in the conquest and administration of that region. It was, however, Anatolia which he was required to study by the Admiralty, and the knowledge he amassed is reflected in his article (JRS 1976) on ‘Rome, Pamphylia and Cilicia’, and in his last book, Roman Foreign Policy in the East (London, 1984).