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The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore [Hardcover]

Hilda M. Ransome
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: George Allen & Unwin; First Edition edition (1937)
  • ASIN: B0014CIWAI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The sacred bee 22 Feb 2012
This is a splendid book. I bought it because I was doing a little project on bees in poetry, and it sounded like a good source. Actually there's not much poetry, but so much history, folklore and other information that it didn't matter. The book was originally published in 1937, so it's a pleasure to read; witty, erudite and properly punctuated, so you aren't always tripping over ill-designed sentences. The earliest bees have been discovered preserved in Baltic amber, from the time when humanity barely existed, and cave art shows wild honey being collected in palaeolithic times (there's a fascinating illustration of this). They were known to the Egyptians as 'the tears of Ra (the sun god)', and to the Greeks as little goddesses, under the sway of Melissa. If you love bees, and are worried about the threats facing them in the twenty-first century, read this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 2 July 2014
Like new very interesting
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Bee 12 Dec 2013
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A wonderful resume of such such wonderful creatures. The world of the Honey Bee intrigues all and baffles all, yet their very organisation and survival has mans destiny in their claws !
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a great tool! 15 July 2006
By Mar A. Konitopoulou - Published on
this book has been of utmost help to me, since I've been working on my degree essay, which concerns the symbol of the bee in the poetry of Pindar, Theocritus and Callimachus.

The information in this book is very very wide as far as time and peoples are concerned.

the perfect tool for a philologist or an anthropologist (even an archaeologist) who is doing research in the relative field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love ancient lore? 16 Aug 2008
By Elizabeth L. Seaton Frankfort - Published on
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This book is chock-full of ancient lore and symbolism, situating the honeybee near or within a wide range of human societies, from the deepest to the recent past. Maybe we are 'co-evolved' -- who knows? First published in 1937, the author already seems to be suggesting the idea that human observation of the bee may have provided early models for complex, layered societies, with specialized occupations and professions. Honey was evidently used in the deep past for medicines and the first known intoxicants, wax for preservation, magic, and metallurgy, and bees have been mentioned in the earliest literature that has survived. Surprisingly early on, beekeeping was a well-established industry. Perhaps the honeybee, like many other symbolically charged animals, is one of the principal "metaphors we live by". Loved this book ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars History of beekeeping around the world 4 July 2009
By Beekeeper - Published on
Looking for more information about honeybees? This paperback book takes a look at the age long history of honey bees and people. I found this book very interesting and informative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you love Honey Bees you will love this book 31 Oct 2013
By PAMELA DILLON - Published on
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Very Interesting. Lots of information I did not know. I research Honey Bee disappearance and this book makes me more determined than ever to find the needle in the haystck and rid this planet of dangerous pesticides. What is killing them will ultimately kill us. If someone wants to know more about Bees and how important this book is to the history of man, read this book.

--Bee Advocate
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great for inducing angry naps! 24 Jun 2014
By Milo Minderbinder - Published on
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I will admit, I love history and I really like bees, so I thought this book was going to be a great read. Instead, it reads more like a grad's students notes for an exam where the goal is simply to mention linkages rather than to talk about the meaning. It is simply one brief, disconnected paragraph after another, with little effort being made to for these paragraphs to hang together at all. There is no meaning, thought, or context to any of the pointless factoids hobbled together here.
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