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Join award-winning historian, biographer and broadcaster Tom Holland as he discusses his new book Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind; an account of Christianity as the most enduring and influential legacy of the ancient world, informing how we came to be what we are, and how we think the way we do.
Ranging in time from the Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC to the ongoing migration crisis in Europe today, and from Nebuchadnezzar to The Beatles, he explores just what it was that made Christianity so revolutionary and disruptive; how completely it came to saturate the mind-set of Latin Christendom; and why, in a West that has become increasingly doubtful of religion's claims, so many of its instincts remain irredeemably Christian.
Whether you are atheist, agnostic or believer in any faith, Holland’s argument could hardly be more topical.
Tom Holland 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; and Dynasty, a portrait of Rome's first imperial dynasty. Holland is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Making History. He has written and presented several TV documentaries, for the BBC and Channel 4, on subjects ranging from ISIS to dinosaurs. He served two years as the Chair of the British Library’s PLR Advisory Committee.
‘This extraordinary book is vintage Tom Holland: history boldly and elegantly retold, with fascinating interconnections traced to create a narrative that cannot fail to stimulate, for it leads to a never-ending question’ - Dairmaid MacCulloch
‘Tom Holland is fun to read, monstrously erudite, wickedly joyful and ahead of the established consensus, on average, by four years, three months, and two days’ - Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan
‘Terrific: bold, ambitious and passionate’ - Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads
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Reserve tickets at this website2019-09-13 2019-09-13 Europe/London Tom Holland on Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind Tom Holland discusses his new book; an account of Christianity as the most enduring and influential legacy of the ancient world, informing how we came to be what we are, and how we think the way we do. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2019/09/13/tom-holland-on-dominion-the-making-of-the-western-mind-210934 The British Museum,Great Russell Street, London,London,London