Sunday, April 01, 2012

Pindar and the Bees

In his Description of Greece, the Greek traveler and geographer Pausanias relates this delightful story about the poet Pindar:
When Pindar was a young man he was once on his way to Thespiae in the hot season.  At about noon he was seized with fatigue and the drowsiness that follows it, so just as he was, he lay down a little way above the road.  As he slept bees alighted on him and plastered his lips with their wax.

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