Alinari/Art Resource, NY

Proof that fast food is not a 20th-century innovation, a snack bar that belonged to a man named Vetutius Placidus stands intact on Pompeii’s Via Abbondanza. The openings in the marble countertops held containers of food and wine for hungry passersby. Set into the wall behind the bar is a painted lararium, or household shrine, dedicated to the gods Mercury and Bacchus—patron deities of travelers and revelers respectively.