n Akroterion - The perfect king bee : visions of kingship in classical antiquity

Volume 56, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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This article investigates the portrayal of the king bee by Greek and Roman writers. Their depiction of these creatures was not a scientific one: many aspects of their description were influenced by widespread Greek and Roman ideas on government, while others show even more specific influences from contemporary thinking. At the same time, the hive was used as a model for human society, since bees presented a society that succeeded in living together without (civil strife), in harmony.

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