Why does Rosh want to know who is going to the banquet in The Bronze Bow?

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Rosh wants to know who is going to the banquet so that he can steal from the men who will be away from their homes.

In the story, Mattathias, a wealthy banker, is giving a banquet for a legation from Rome. It appears that the most powerful leaders and Roman supporters will be in attendance at this banquet. Both Daniel and Joel think that Rosh wants the information for the purposes of identifying their enemies.

Later, everyone is shocked when five of the wealthiest houses in the city are robbed on the night of the banquet. The villagers accuse Rosh of instigating the robberies. Both Daniel and Joel are disappointed at the lack of nobility in Rosh's reasons for wanting the information about the banquet guests. It is only after Joel is captured by Roman soldiers that Daniel comes to realize Rosh's lack of honor and integrity.