As Terrorism in theAncient Roman World put it,”Terrorism is probably as old as human society. In the ancient Roman world there were no words for ‘terrorism or terrorists. However, the acts of terrorism inflicted in those days were not unlike those of modern times. Then, as now, there were people willing to employ a calculated use of force and terror to accomplish their ends. Though the ancients may have called them rebels or brigands or tyrants, the motives, the methods, and the outcomes are familiar to people of our era under the collective name of terrorism.” Yeah, in the Roman world the acceptable limits of warfare were more liberally drawn than today, but even so people sometimes hid in shock and horror at acts clearly beyond the line. “War is terror within bounds; terrorism is terror beyond those bounds.” There is no doubt that war has always been part of our society, but when it comes to terrorism the line is a little more unclear. To make it a little more clear look back at the incident in the summer of 82 a.d. Three Roman warships were hijacked. The captains of two were murdered and the third captain decided to obey his captors. The hijackers sailed along the coast. They struck port cities and took what they wanted by force. However, local resistance and their own lack of skill eventually brought the hijackers to ruin.
Even today we are in the midst of pirates. This did not just happen back in the Ancient Roman times. Just this year the Bahamas-registered Seabourn Spirit was attacked off the coast of Africa by pirates firing a rocket propelled grenade and machine guns (Pirates attack luxury cruise liner at sea. And there are so many cases of this. I remember a few years ago some Americans were taken hostage by pirates and our Navy Seals were called in. The times of Terrorism have not changed at all. There might be different motives and ways that terrorism is being carried out, but we are still surrounded by it every day just as the Romans were.