History Today column: Herodotus, Camden and the reclamation of history

I have recently been reading Tom Holland’s superb new translation of Herodotus’ Histories. I am by no means an authority on classical writers, but I have always enjoyed Herodotus. He is so irrepressibly inquisitive and, in every sense, a pleasure to read. Holland has always been a fine writer, both in the clarity and subtlety … Continue reading History Today column: Herodotus, Camden and the reclamation of history

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History and myth: JRR Tolkien, a Roman temple and a ring

The last few days has seen a rash of media coverage for an exhibition at The Vyne in Hampshire which features a Roman ring said to have led Tolkien to incorporate a ring myth into the Middle Earth of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I wrote about this – the story of … Continue reading History and myth: JRR Tolkien, a Roman temple and a ring