The Rest Is History

Ancient wine, ancient glass, and coins of all ages.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, July 30, 2021

Marble relief showing transport amphorae, Roman, second century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fletcher Fund, 1925.

• Found: “ancient Roman ship laden with wine jars.” (The Guardian)

• On the anti-vaxxers of the 1920s. (JSTOR Daily)

• Eight ancient glass vessels destroyed during the Beirut port explosion in 2020 will be restored by British Museum conservationists. (Hyperallergic)

• The dramatic travels of abolitionist Owen Brown’s gravestone. (Zócalo Public Square)

• On coin studies. (

• “For decades, the standard riposte to Hollywood’s long tradition of caricatures, omissions, and distortions of slavery has been to present slaves as heroes…The Underground Railroad wills its characters to be more layered and multifaceted than the hero paradigm allows.” (The Nation)

Christopher Columbus: just some guy. (Defector)

• Revisiting Heaven’s Gate. (The Ringer)

• A history of urban advertising. (Places Journal)

• The aftermath of the Kerner Commission. (The New York Review of Books)

• Seeing sound during World War I. (The MIT Press Reader)

• This week in obituaries: Bob Moses, Jehan Sadat, Louise Fishman, Lisa French, Sally Miller Gearhart, Jackie Mason, Dusty Hill, Alice Clark Brown, Isla Dewar, Ron Popeil, Jimmy Elidrissi, Michael Enzi, Rabbi Yoel Kahn, Joey Jordison, J. Allan Hobson, Albert Bandura, Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, George Rhoads, and Dinah Murray.