Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ancient Greek coins depicting bees

Honey Bees have been domesticated for millions of years. The bee was considered an important insect due to it's produce and therefore involvement in the economy of many ancient civilizations such as Greece.

Elyros, south-west of Crete, minted silver drachms in the 3rd century BC, which have a bee on one side and a goat on the other. It is thought these images were chosen as important for two reasons:
1. Crete was known for it's honey production and it's wild goats.
2. The bee and the goat held religious meanings for the people of Crete: Zeus, the Father of Gods, was born in Crete and was fed with milk from the goat Amalthea and honey from the bees.


Bee on Drachm, AR
Arados, Phoenicia
2nd Century B.C.E. Arados was one of the most important Phoenician cities, an island town near Syria, in the Mediterranean Sea. Arados is modern day Arwad.
AR means silver

Read more about coins with a bee image on them.

5 comments:

Bee Lady said...

Very cool coins. I think it would be fun to make one into a pendant.

Cindy Bee

Georgie @ Bees Hive said...

Did you see this beautiful one here:
http://thebeeshouse.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/bee-design-on-ancient-greek-coin.html

Jess said...

Brilliant coins =) Lovely blogg. Have a good day. =)

Georgie @ Bees Hive said...

HI Jess, in Sweden, aren't they brilliant, thanks for stopping by to leave nice comments and hope you too have a good day

leesa jhon said...

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