The great trade in aromatics from southern Arabia to the ancient Near East, Greece and Rome, lasted for over a thousand years. Luxury commodities were transported in caravans across the length of Arabia to the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf. This book describes the uses of incense and other aromatics in ancient days. When Frankincense and Myrrh was first published in 1981 it broke new ground, filling a gap in our understanding not only of early Arabia, but of the ancient world as a whole.
Nigel Groom - Nigel Groom was a Political Officer in the Aden Protectorate in the 1940s and 1950s and was for a time also Director of Antiquities in Aden. In 1958 he transferred to Nairobi, where he became Defence Secretary in the East Africa High Commission, and in 1962 he joined the Ministry of Defence in London, from which he retired in 1984. His other works include Sheba Revealed; The Perfume Companion - A Connoisseur's Guide; The Perfume Handbook; The New Perfume Handbook and A Dictionary of Arabic Topography and Placenames .