Women of Ancient Greece with an incense. Theophrastus gives us information on fragrances in Greece

Women of Ancient Greece with an incense. Theophrastus gives us information on fragrances in Greece

The book “on smells” the philosopher and botanist Theophrastus greek (IV-III century BC), It is a valuable source of information and curiosity about the world of Ancient Greece perfumes.

From it we learn, Moreover, as essences and fragrances were held in high regard, time, and because it used during the celebration of the cults, both for the care and beauty of the body, which they were an important and indispensable complement.

The Greeks, especially those who belonged to the upper classes, devoted great attention to physical appearance and personal hygiene, habit which was later endorsed also by the Latin.

Quell'embrionale distillation system already experienced in Egypt, It was perfected by the most experienced perfumers Ancient Greece, able to conceive and give shape to perfumes that could be called “modern”.

The most popular fragrances, always cites Theophrastus, they were incense, mirra, nardo, cardamom, marjoram, laurel, iris e cassia, herbs and natural extracts from which were born enchanting fragrances (Photo gives: elianaprofumi.it).