Tom Holland (historian)
Followed by a cricket match between his Authors’ XI and a Festival XI
Tom Holland announced his emergence as one of today’s most astute and engaging of narrative historians with Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic, written in 2003. Since then he has taken on ever more challenging and thought-provoking subjects, and the praise has grown louder. Tom’s other great love is cricket: he has written about receiving batting training from England captain Alastair Cook, and once hit a six. His talk is followed by a game of cricket between his Authors XI and a Festival XI. To take part in this match, please contact the festival co-ordinator Philippa Abrahams.
IN THE SHADOW OF THE SWORD
‘A spell-bindingly brilliant multiple portrait of the triumph of monotheism in the ancient world.’ The Independent
RUBICON: THE TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY OF THE ROMAN REPUBLIC
‘A modern, well-paced and finely observed history which entertains as it informs.’
Tom Holland is the author of Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic, which won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Persian Fire, his history of the Graeco-Persian wars, won the Anglo-Hellenic League’s Runciman Award in 2006. His third work of history, Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom, was published in the autumn of 2008. His newest book, In the Shadow of the Sword, covers the collapse of Roman and Persian power in the Near East, and the emergence of Islam. Tom Holland is currently working on Dynasty, a new book about the Roman Emperors, to be published by Little, Brown Book Group in 2015.
He has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for the BBC. His translation of Herodotus was published in 2013 by Penguin Classics. In 2007, he was the winner of the Classical Association prize, awarded to ‘the individual who has done most to promote the study of the language, literature and civilisation of Ancient Greece and Rome’.”
He is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Making History. He has written and presented a number of TV documentaries, on subjects ranging from religion to dinosaurs. He served two years as the Chair of the Society of Authors and is currently on the committee of the Classical Association.
Date: Friday 12th June 2015