EXHIBITION - Stop and smell the ancient Greek roses (literally)

Fragrances found in antiquity revived for first ever scent focused exhibition at Athens museum

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The exhibition features 340 antiquities from the collections of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.


Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

As a history buff (though it may be hard to believe I am truly interested in a vast array of history, not just medieval) I get very excited to see new approaches to sharing history with the public. Museums have the unique opportunity to innovate the way we experience history and learn about our past. Typically we are visually engaged and if permitted, we are able to touch replicas of certain pieces to have a tactile experience as well. The National Archaeological Museum of Athens has gone to the next level and to celebrate their 150 years have an exhibition inviting visitors to discover the scents of antiquity. That's right..SCENTS. 

What were the fragrances that were wafting around ancient Greece when our beloved fellow humans were wandering along the coast of the Mediterranean? Chemists resurrected the scent of Aphrodite’s Rose for this groundbreaking exhibition, the first of its kind in the world.