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 most recent works of history are Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom, about the making of Latin Christendom; In the Shadow of the Sword, about the collapse of Roman and Persian power in the Near East, and the emergence of Islam; and Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar, about the development of Roman autocracy between Augustus and Nero. His biography of Athelstan for Penguin’s Monarchs of England and Britain series was published this summer: the very first of the series!
He has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for the BBC. His translation of Herodotus for Penguin Classics came out last September. He is currently working on a translation of Suetonius’ Lives of the Caesars, also for 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 topics ranging from dinosaurs to St Paul. Islam: The Untold Story, his award-winning documentary questioning received Muslim traditions about the life of Muhammad, was screened in autumn 2012, and generated international controversy.
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