Dr Tom Holland is a historian and the bestselling author of several books on classical and medieval history. He is currently the Chair of the Society of Authors.
His books include Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic, Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West, and Millennium: The Eleventh Century and the Making of the West. He is currently at work on a new history, The Fourth Beast, which tells the story of the great Arab conquests, and is due to be published in 2012.
He has adapted Herodotus, Homer, Thucydides and Virgil for BBC Radio, and most recently presented a number of episodes on the recent BBC Radio 4 series, Making History.