The economy of beekeeping: examining an overlooked industry of the ancient world
Bochain, Hannah Louise
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The impact of beekeeping on the ancient Mediterranean has yet to be thoroughly examined. As an industry whose products leeched into many aspects of cultural importance, such as religion, food, and medicine, beekeepers and bees shaped the daily life of the ancient world. This thesis attempts to illuminate the methods, uses, and economics behind beekeeping in the ancient world through compiling literary, physical, and comparative evidence from the Mediterranean. Through an in-depth analysis of the various types evidence, this thesis illustrates the realities of beekeeping in Ancient Greece and the Roman empire.