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Ten places to see Roman Britain today

Read Tom Holland’s top ten places to see remainder of the Roman Empire in twenty-first-century Britain.    Hadrian’s Wall The best preserved and most enigmatic legacy of Rome’s frontier policy, this is best appreciated by following the National Trail which leads from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway. Failing that, take the car, and be sure not to […]

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LSE Literary Festival: Re-Writing History

Hear Tom Holland in conversation with Margaret MacMillan at LSE Literary Festival 2016. This discussion, chaired by Sir Peter Stothard, explores the ways in which history has been re-written to serve the purposes of political leaders or regimes, from Ancient Greece to Communist Russia. This event formed part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2016.

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History at the Hay Festival- The Rise of Islam

Tom Holland discusses, how did Islam become one of the most powerful religions in the world?

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Speaking freely about religion, in conversation with Francesca Stavrakopoulou at the 2014 World Humanist Congress

In this session from the 2014 IHEU World Humanist Congress, Tom Holland and Francesca Stavrakopoulou discuss the difficulties faced when non-religious critics and writers try to express views about religions which the faithful do not want to hear. The discussion is chaired by Guardian journalist Zoe Williams.

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A response to Dr Jonathan Brown on the five daily prayers

This article is in response to Dr Jonathan Brown’s article, which can be read here.   I fear that Dr Brown is being rather disingenuous in this posting!   He must know in his heart of hearts that the reason he and I disagree as to the likely origin of the 5 daily prayers owes […]

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Dynasty out now!

The wait is over – Dynasty, Tom Holland’s gripping new account of the rise and fall of the house of Caesar, is out now! In the sequel to the acclaimed bestseller Rubicon, Dynasty traces the full astonishing story of Rome’s first imperial dynasty and its rule of the world: both the brilliance of its allure, […]

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The new website is live!

As you have probably noticed, Tom’s website has undergone something of a makeover, to mark the publication of Dynasty in hardback. As well as the new layout and features, the new site will feature more exclusive content relating to Dynasty and all of his books (including regular author video blogs). We’d love to know what […]

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The battle of the Teutoburg Forest

To coincide with the publication of Dynasty, Tom Holland visits the scene of Arminius’s slaughter of Varus’ three legions in AD 9.  

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Dynasty: Preface

ad 40. It is early in the year. Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus sits on a lofty platform beside the Ocean. As waves break on the shore and spray hangs in the air, he gazes out to sea. Many Roman ships over the years have been lost to its depths. Strange monsters are rumoured to […]

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Rubicon: Preface

January 10th, the seven-hundred-and-fifth year since the foundation of Rome, the forty-ninth before the birth of Christ. The sun had long set behind the Apennine mountains. Lined up in full marching order, soldiers from the 13th Legion stood massed in the dark. Bitter the night may have been, but they were well used to extremes. […]

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