Tom Holland

Hostility to Islam has disguised a host of other prejudices

8 June 2019 9:00 am

In 2011, when the editor of Charlie Hebdo put Muhammad on the cover, he did so as the heir to…

Thank God for western values

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Declarations of hope that Notre Dame can be resurrected have been much in evidence this Holy Week. Such is the…

Decline and fall: why America always thinks it’s going the way of Rome

10 November 2018 9:00 am

For a millennium and a half now, one of the great pleasures of being a commentator on current affairs has…

A betrayal – despite moments of spectacle that would have made John Martin gasp

Cynical, one-dimensional and oddly colourless: Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom reviewed

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Back in the mists of prehistory, when I was eight, dinosaur films followed a set pattern. The dinosaurs themselves would…

Detail from the Ghent altarpiece by Hubert Eyck, 1423

How Christianity saw off its rivals and became the universal church

31 March 2018 9:00 am

In the reign of Constantine, whose conversion to Christianity in AD 310 set the entire Roman world on a course…

Don’t forget the Yazidis

12 August 2017 9:00 am

As the floodwaters subsided, the Ark drifted across northern Iraq. Finally, with a crunching jolt, it hit dry land. Its…

Would you believe it? A selection of ancient faiths ripe for revival

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Exciting news from the world of philosophy! Next year will see the 20th anniversary of the New Stoa, an online…

Standing figure of the ancient Egyptian god Horus, wearing Roman military costume, 1st–2nd century AD and Seated figure of the ancient Egyptian god Horus, wearing Roman military costume, 1st–2nd century AD

Egypt: where gods are born and go to die

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Over the stupefyingly long course of Egyptian history, gods have been born and they have died. Some 4,000 years ago,…

Jeremy Corbyn isn’t like Caligula’s horse – he’s like Caligula

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn has been compared to plenty of people over the past few months — a geography teacher, Michael Foot,…

Athenian general Xenophon

Financial crises are nothing new in Greece — they go back at least to the Peloponnesian War

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Financial crises are nothing new in Greece. Back in 354 BC, at a time when Frankfurt was still a swamp,…

Roman mosaic from Pompeii depicting Darius III at the Battle of Issus (333 BC), in which he was defeated by Alexander the Great

Darius III: Alexander’s stooge

14 February 2015 9:00 am

In 1891, George Nathaniel Curzon, ‘the very superior person’ of the mocking Balliol rhyme, and future viceroy of India, arrived…

Tom Holland’s diary: Fighting jihadism with Mohammed, and bowling the Crown Prince of Udaipur

24 January 2015 9:00 am

As weather bombs brew in the north Atlantic, I’m roughing it by heading off to Rajasthan, and the literary festival…

Tom Holland's diary: Alex Salmond is the Scottish referendum's answer to Shane Warne

13 September 2014 9:00 am

I feel a bit about the Scottish referendum as I did about the 2005 Ashes series. In both cases, those of…

The Islamic State is destroying the greatest melting pot in history

23 August 2014 9:00 am

As the fighters of the Islamic State drive from village to captured village in their looted humvees, they criss-cross what…

Wall painting of a female head, Pompeii, 1st century AD

Pompeii’s greatest gifts are not all archeological

12 April 2014 9:00 am

The first visitor to take a break on the Bay of Naples was Hercules. He had just defeated some rebellious…

The night that saved England

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Thanks to the centenary of the first world war, counter-factuals are much in vogue. How different might history have been…

My dear old thing! Forget the nasty bits

26 October 2013 9:00 am

There can be a strong strain of self-parody in even the greatest commentators. When Henry Blofeld describes the progress of…