Studying sensescapes in the ancient world

Exploring sensescapes in the ancient (and sometimes not-so-ancient) world

Sensory reflections

The Sword of Damocles

The Sword of Damocles

As I’ve mentioned (or will mention at some point), I am creating a dataset of scent-related references from literature, mostly Roman, from circa 100 BCE to 100 CE. In Tusculan Disputations I came across the Cicero’s retelling of still-used anecdote of the sword of...

The dangers of a smelly city

The dangers of a smelly city

I've been reading Alain Corbin's "The Foul and the fragrant: odour and the French social imagination", a study into the smells of Paris and their perception. In his introduction, Corbin mentions that one of his inspirations was Jean-Noël Hallé who, as the first chair...

Suzanne Whitby / Sensory researcher
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“How many senses do we have? And of how many are we aware?”
– Suzanne Whitby