Wine-Bearers in Landscape – A Medieval Safavid Textile

This luxurious and exquisite silk fabric was woven in Iran during the 16th century reign of the Safavid ruler Shah Tahmasp I. By Nader SayadiPhD Candidate in Art History (Islamic Art and Architecture)The University of Texas at Austin Introduction Young men carry cups and long-necked bottles of wine in a lush garden. Fish splash in[…]

No Merum: Wine in Ancient Rome

The works of Roman writers have provided insight into the role played by wine in Roman culture. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction Ancient Rome played a pivotal role in the history of wine. The earliest influences on the viticulture of the Italian peninsula can be traced to ancient Greeks and the Etruscans. The rise of the Roman Empire saw both technological advances in and burgeoning awareness[…]