The Greek city of Corinth was famous throughout
the ancient world for its luxurious way of life,
and for the finesse and beauty of its products.
From the 9th century B.C. onwards, ships from
Corinth traded in pottery, perfumes, oils and
silks at every port in the Mediterranean. This
delicate little vessel perhaps contained costly
scent or rare oils much prized by their ancient
owners. In our imaginations we can almost smell
the fragrance of flowers that bloomed long ago.