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.
He has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for the BBC. His translation of Herodotus for Penguin Classics will come out in 2013. 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.