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In the Shadow of the Sword: the Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World

In the Shadow of the Sword: the Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World

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By (author) Tom Holland

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown
  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 230mm x 40mm | 750g
  • Publication date: 5 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1408700085
  • ISBN 13: 9781408700082
  • Edition statement: Export ed
  • Illustrations note: Section: 16, colour photos
  • Sales rank: 25,012

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In the 6th century AD, the Near East was divided between two venerable empires: the Persian and the Roman. A hundred years on, and one had vanished forever, while the other seemed almost finished. Ruling in their place were the Arabs: an upheaval so profound that it spelt, in effect, the end of the ancient world. In The Shadow of the Sword, Tom Holland explores how this came about. Spanning Constantinople to the Arabian desert, and starring some of the most remarkable rulers who ever lived, he tells a story vivid with drama, horror and startling achievement.

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Historian Tom Holland has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for BBC Radio. Rubicon was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History 2004, and Persian Fire won the Anglo-Hellenic League's Runciman Award 2006.