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Seller: Top-Rated Seller roman-hunter (239) 100%, Location: Serbia, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 153511423491 BEE EXCELLENT SILVER ROMAN-GREEK RING PERFECT CONDITION LOW PRICEBeekeeping activity in Ancient Greece and Rome In Ancient Greece and Rome beekeeping was an important activity. Although bees were kept in large numbers in Rome, such was the demand that honey and wax were imported from other parts of the Empire such as Spain and Corsica. Early agricultural treatises including Varro’s De re rustica, and Vergil’s Fourth Georgic provide an insight into beekeeping during this period. · Hives The Roman hives are thought to have been made from cork oak bark, fennel stems or wicker-work. The inside was smeared with cow dung. Varro recognized the importance of situating the hive close to water. Surprisingly, the accounts include recipes for sugar syrup and sweet cakes based on his recommendation to give bees food to prevent them using their stores. In ancient Greek and Roman ruins, there is also evidence of top bar hives (which are based on a cavity covered with wooden sticks). During honey collection, beekeepers burnt cow dung to smoke the hives! · Uses of honey and wax Romans liked mixing sweet and savoury foods so honey was used widely in a range of recipes. For example when preparing vegetables a mixture of honey, vinegar, salt and water was used (called Oxymel). Wax was used in medicine as a broth-like mixture for the treatment for dystentry and as a skin softener. It also served a practical function as a tablet – small wooden frames were filled with wax, and a sharp instrument such as a bone or metal stylus were used to mark the wax. · Aristotle and Bees Although Aristotle, the famous Greek philosopher, never kept bees himself – he made many important and detailed observations which can be found in his text titled History of Animals. He documents some interesting views on reproduction of bees which was clearly not well understood – there was the belief that bees did not give birth and fetched their young from flowers! R A R E ! ! ! INNER DIAMETER:17 mm WEIGHT: 7,95 g NUMBER:15-55 Condition: EXCELLENT RING!!!!, Material: Silver

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