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Award Winning and Bestselling Author, Tom Holland Talks About and Signs his Book, Dynasty, The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar

Award Winning and Bestselling Author, Tom Holland Talks About and Signs his Book, Dynasty, The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar

  • Oct 13, 2015 - 19:30 pm
  • David's Bookshop

‘This is an important work based on respected scholarship. It takes courage and intellect to confront such complexity and sensitivity. Written with flamboyant elegance and energetic intensity, Holland delivers a brilliant tour de force of revisionist scholarship. The book is unputdownable’

-The Times

 

When people think of imperial Rome, it is the city of the first Caesars that is more likely to come into their minds. There is no other period of ancient history that can compare for sheer unsettling fascination with its gallery of leading characters, Augustus and his heirs: Tiberius, Caligula, Caligula’s uncle Claudius and finally, the last of the dynasty to rule Augustus’s great-great-grandson Nero. Membership of this imperial family came at great cost. The anecdotes told of the dynasty, holding up as they do a mirror to the deepest prejudices and terrors of those who swapped them, transport us to the heart of the Roman psyche. It is why any study of Augustus’s dynasty can never simply be that, but must also serve as something more: a portrait of the Roman people themselves.

Tom Holland is the award winning and bestselling author of Rubicon (shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History in 2004), Persian Fire (winner of the Anglo-Hellenic League's Runciman Award), the highly acclaimed Millennium and In the Shadow of the Sword, The Battle for Global Empire and the end of the Ancient World.  He appears regularly on radio, television and in print. In 2012 Tom Holland wrote and presented Islam the Untold Story, a documentary for Channel 4. Tom is in the top 100 PI list of most influential people on Twitter, in London.  Tom Holland is a leading writer on the ancient world.