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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Free Smells

Natural History

Pliny the Elder

79 AD

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2017-04-21

"In the utmost Borders of India, eastward, about the Source of the Ganges, there is a Nation called the Asthomes, having no Mouths : hairy over the whole Body, but clothed with the Down of the Branches of Trees : they live only by the Vapour and Smell which they draw in at their Nostrils : no Meat or Drink do they take, but only various pleasant Odours from Roots, Flowers, and Wild Fruits ; which they carry with them when they take a Long Journey, because they would not miss their Smelling; but if the Scent be a little too strong they are soon deprived of Life." - Natural History, Pliny, 1st century AD

Oh, God, this place is so filling.