Kalendář akcí VŠCHT Praha

UNIQORN Invited Lecture: Recreating the Perfumery of Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece


Datum: 24.11.2022  17:30 - 19:00      
Místo konání: Přednáškový sál AI
Kategorie: Studentské akce
Typ akce: Pozvánka
Jazyk akce: CZ

Spolek UNIQORN vás všechny srdečně zve na přednášku na téma dávnověké parfumerie!

Sean Coughlin: „Recreating the Perfumery of Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece“

(Přednáška bude vedená v angličtině.)


Can we recreate the scents of the past using modern experimental methods?

What chemistry and history can teach each other about smell and scent in the

ancient world?

Sean Coughlin - the philosopher working in an organic chemistry lab

trying to figure out ancient perfumery’s place in the history of science.

We will look at how a group of researchers at the Alchemies of Scent project are using modern experimental techniques to unravel the recipes of five Greco-Egyptian perfumes from the time of Alexander the Great and Cleopatra VII. And we’ll take some time not just to see and hear about the chemistry and alchemy of ancient perfume makers, but to smell, touch and taste some of the materials they may have used.

Sean Coughlin:
Sean Coughlin is a research fellow at the Institute of Philosophy and an associate scientist at IOCB. After a PhD in philosophy at the University of Western Ontario, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Classical Philology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, as well as visiting researcher in Canada, Germany, and Israel. His work in ancient perfumery has been exhibited at the National Geographic Museum and has been covered by organizations like Czech Television, the BBC, and Washington Post. His current project, Alchemies of Scent, brings together a multidisciplinary team from humanities and natural sciences who use historical, philological and modern scientific methods to uncover how the art of perfumery influenced science, medicine, art and culture in antiquity.

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