Paestum was once celebrated by the poets for its roses. Virgil speaks of the biferi rosaria Paesti, and Ovid sings of the tepidi rosaria Paesti, the rose-garden of the twice-blossoming, the sultry Paestum.
[...] The misterious origins of Paestum's roses are lost in time: thought by some to be of a local species, others believe they were an acclimatised variety imported from the Orient. What is certain is that they flowered twice a year and their scent was unrivalled.
Famous for its perfumes, Paestum was also a centre of religious worship, where resins burned on temple altars scenting the air from afar.


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