The Rest Is History

Ancient parties, wartime smells, and Lilith Fair.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, October 04, 2019

Marble relief fragment with gladiators, first–third century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1957.

• A newly discovered inscription at Pompeii gives a party report that involves many couches and gladiators. (Live Science)

• “There are many debutante balls in Texas, and a number of pageants that feature historical costumes, but the Society of Martha Washington Colonial Pageant and Ball in Laredo is the most opulently patriotic among them.” (The Believer)

• Civil War smell cures. (National Museum of Civil War Medicine)

• On seeing in color. (Nautilus)

• Nine-thousand-year-old remains found in the UK. (BBC News)

• In which a historian takes the British citizenship test. (History Today)

• An oral history of Lilith Fair. (Vanity Fair)

• A history of Manhattan traffic. (Curbed)

• On Emma Tenayuca, a twenty-year-old labor leader in Texas. (Literary Hub)

• The hundredth anniversary of perhaps “the most lethal episode of racial violence in American history, with the possible exception of the much better-known Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.” (NYR Daily)

• This week in obituaries: José José, Jessye Norman, Elaine Feinstein, Michael Coe, Mary Abbott, and Jimmy Spicer.