Filthy cities with Dan Snow

Filthy cities with Dan Snow

Historian Dan Snow gets down and dirty the filthy cities of revolutionary Paris, medieval London, and industrial New York. No, not ancient, but interesting nonetheless! Episode 1: Medieval London Episode 2: Revolutionary Paris Episode 3: Industrial New York It’s hard...
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...