Bodies, Gardens, and Roman Aromatherapy, with Jane Draycott

This month the British School at Rome hosted a fantastic one-day conference entitled ‘Bodies of Evidence: Redefining Approaches to the Anatomical Votive‘. In this interview we chat to one of the conference organisers, Dr Jane Draycott, who held a BSR fellowship in 2011-12. She tells us about the aims of the conference and describes some of the papers, before explaining how the theme of anatomical votives intersects with her own fascinating research project on ‘The Gardens of Hygieia: the role of the Roman hortus in domestic medical practice’. We hear about some the challenges involved in reconstructing Roman gardens, and learn some surprising facts about ancient greenhouses. But how did the Romans use the plants that they cultivated in their gardens and greenhouses? Follow this link or click on the image below to find out!

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