Roman ruins reveal how emperors used winemaking in a lavish power play

The ruins of the Villa of the Quintilii stand on the Via Appia Antica, just outside the traditional boundaries of Rome. Wealthy brothers built the villa in the 2nd century A.D.

ROME — Fights involving exotic cats, chariot races, gladiatorial battles: At the banquets of ancient Rome, there was no skimping on dinnertime entertainment. And, according to a recent study, sport for elite guests included something rarer, too: winemaking as a form of theater.

Read more from Charlotte Lytton in The Washington Post here.