Learn about the lives of bees through rare books in the Special Collections of the Library of Virginia
"Meli-" means honey or honey bee in Greek, and melisselogia is the knowledge thereof. Ancient civilizations in Europe, including Greece and Spain, studied bees and collected honey. Honey bees became ingrained in Ancient Greek and Roman mythology as nymphs and messengers, as well as becoming central to agriculture and foodways. From its Greek root, Melittology is the modern study of honey bees.
Research, text and arrangement by University of Richmond student intern, Luriel Balaurea. Mentorship by Audrey McElhinney and Cassandra Farrell of the Manuscripts and Special Collections department. Editing and assistance from Sonya Coleman, Digital Collections Specialist.
Imaging by Mark Fagerburg and Ben Smith Photo & Digital Imaging Services department.
All images from Manuscripts & Special Collections in the Library of Virginia, Royal Ontario Museum, the British Museum, and LIFE Photo Collection.