Talk: Christianity: The Most Enduring Legacy of the Ancient World
Chester: Sunday 27 October, 15.40–16.40
Winchester: Saturday 2 November, 10.00–11.00
Talk synopsis: Tom Holland will place the story of how we came to be what we are, and how we think the way that we do, in the broadest historical context. Ranging in time from the Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC to the on-going 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.
Speaker bio: Tom Holland is an award-winning historian, biographer and broadcaster. Holland presents BBC Radio 4’s Making History, has written and presented several TV documentaries, for the BBC and Channel 4, on subjects ranging from ISIS to dinosaurs, and has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for the BBC. You can find him on Twitter: @holland_tom