Next month, Sotheby's London will offer for sale T.E. Lawrence's hand-drawn, annotated map of northern Arabia, detailing the route he followed in the days preceding the capture of the Red Sea port of Aqaba in 1917—a victory that would prove decisive in the Arab uprising against the Ottoman Empire in World War I.
In 1925, archaeologist Leonard Woolley discovered a curious collection of artifacts while excavating a Babylonian palace. They were from many different times and places, and yet they were neatly organized and even labeled. Woolley had discovered the world's first museum.
Now that we've all reconciled ourselves sourly to the idea that Peter "The Kingdom" Berg will be directing a big-budget remake of Dune, it's time to talk about what the Dune movie really should be: a generation-spanning epic about war, full of vast, dramatic landscapes ala The Searchers or Lawrence of Arabia. Nobody…