Award-winning historian, biographer and broadcaster, Tom Holland, will be joining Professor Sir Simon Wessely, RSM immediate Past-President, for a conversation about his career, how he came to write his recent book ‘Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind’, which has been hugely praised and described as “completely transforms your understanding of the world”. Tom will also be talking about his process and research when writing historically correct biographies, and how historical pandemics compare to COVID-19.
Tom is the author of ‘Rubicon: The Triumph and the 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; ‘Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom’, a panoramic account of the two centuries on either side of the apocalyptic year 1000; ‘In the Shadow of the Sword’, which covers the collapse of Roman and Persian power in the Near East, and the emergence of Islam; ‘Dynasty’, a portrait of Rome's first imperial dynasty, and ‘Dominion’, explores why Christianity is the most enduring and influential legacy of the ancient world, published in 2019.
Tom is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Making History’ and co-writer and co-presenter of the podcast, ‘The Rest is History’, with Dominic Sandbrook. He has written and presented several TV documentaries, for the BBC and Channel 4, on subjects ranging from ISIS to dinosaurs.
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