Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Sweet Smell of Success

Like the Egyptians and Mesopotamians, the Greeks used scent as a way to beat the heat. 

At the games at Daphne in the ninth century B.C., over two hundred women sprinkled the air with perfume; small boys marched around with aromatic golden plates filled with myrrh, saffron and frankincense; and young ushers held perfume for arriving guests to sample.

 Ancient Greek glass perfume bottles - 4th to 1st century B.C.E

 Pottery perfume bottles - 6th to 3rd century B.C. E.

After the runners, throwers, and fighters finished, the victorious Syrians gave everyone in the audience his very own crown of frankincense.  Sounds like nice parting gift, eh?

Source: Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger