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Mark Bradley - Smell and the Ancient Senses - 9781844656424 - V9781844656424
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Smell and the Ancient Senses

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Description for Smell and the Ancient Senses Paperback. The first comprehensive introduction to the role of smell in the history, literature and society of classical antiquity, "Smell and the Ancient Senses" examines the ways in which the olfactory sense contributed to our perceptions of bodies, environments, behaviour and morality. Editor(s): Bradley, Mark. Series: The Senses in Antiquity. Num Pages: 222 pages, illustrations. BIC Classification: 1QDAG; 1QDAR; 3D; HBJD; HBLA1. Category: (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 245 x 175 x 9. Weight in Grams: 456.

From flowers and perfumes to urban sanitation and personal hygiene, smell—a sense that is simultaneously sublime and animalistic—has played a pivotal role in western culture and thought. Greek and Roman writers and thinkers lost no opportunity to connect the smells that bombarded their senses to the social, political and cultural status of the individuals and environments that they encountered: godly incense and burning sacrifices, seductive scents, aromatic cuisines, stinking bodies, pungent farmyards and festering back-streets.

The cultural study of smell has largely focused on pollution, transgression and propriety, but the olfactory sense came into play in a wide range of ... Read more

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Taylor & Francis Ltd United Kingdom
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The Senses in Antiquity
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Durham, United Kingdom
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About Mark Bradley
Mark Bradley is Associate Professor of Ancient History at the University of Nottingham, UK.

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"Smell finally receives respect among the “lower” senses. Fragrant odors and foul stenches attracted and assaulted noses in the less hygienic, less deodorized social and commercial environments of Athens and Alexandria and the squalid tenements of Rome and Pompeii. Medical aromatherapies, religious rituals, and literary practice vis-à-vis elusive aromas produced pleased perceptions, scientific explanations, and disgusted reactions. Modern cultural researchers ... Read more

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