Bijan Omrani is a historian and classicist, whose work spans Asian as well as European history. His previous books on Asia include historical works on Afghanistan and the Silk Road, including his most recent book, Caesar’s Footprints: Journeys to Roman Gaul (shortlisted for the American Library in Paris Book Award 2018), which focuses on the enduring cultural impact of the Roman conquest of northern Europe.

Bijan, who is a regular contributor to the Literary Review, holds a doctorate in Classics and Ancient history from the University of Exeter, where he is now an Honorary Associate Research Fellow. He previously taught Classics at a number of England’s leading schools, including Eton College, Westminster School, and Winchester College.

He is the editor of the Asian Affairs Journal, and a trustee of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs. He is also a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, the Royal Geographical Society and the Society of Antiquaries and is co-founder of the Shute Festival.

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