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|ONLINE TALK: PERFUMERY AND PHARMACY: THE GREEK AND ROMAN HISTORY OF A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN|
|Monday 5th December 202218:30 GMT|
|Cost: free of charge|
In this talk, Laurence Totelin, Professor of Ancient History at Cardiff University, will examine some of the interactions between perfumery and pharmacy in the Greek and Roman worlds. She studies the reasons why ancient physicians used perfumes as part of their treatments, the ways in which medical texts inform us about ancient perfumes, and the role of perfumers in ancient medicine. Drawing upon literary and archaeological sources, she will show that ancient medicine was highly dependent on the perfume trade, which had access to numerous precious ingredients which could be difficult to find.
Laurence Totelin is Professor of Ancient History at Cardiff University. She is an expert on Greek and Roman science, technology, and medicine, with a specific focus on pharmacy, botany, and the history of cosmetics. Her recent books include the edited volumes A Cultural History of Medicine in Antiquity (Bloomsbury, 2021) and, with Mark Bradley and Victoria Leonard, Bodily Fluids in Antiquity (Routledge, 2021).
Image: a glass unguentarium (perfume bottle) from the Hellenistic period, 3rd century B.C. Greek or possibly Alexandrian
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (metmuseum.org)
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