Ever since humans first hunted for honeycomb in rocks and daubed pictures of it on cave walls, the honeybee has been seen as one of the wonders of nature: social, industrious, beautiful, terrifying. No other creature has inspired in humans an identification so passionate, persistent or fantastical.
The Hive recounts the astonishing tale of the weird and wonderful things that humans believed about bees and their 'society' over the ages. IT ranges from the honey delta of ancient Egypt to the Tupelo forests of modern Florida, taking in a cast of characters including Alexander the Great and Napoleon, Sherlock Holmes and Rudolph Steiner.
The history of humans and honeybees is also a history of ideas, taking us through the evolution of science, religion, and politics - as well as the bee's impact on food and human ritual and the vast range of different honeys. Honey makes 'the human world seem larger and smaller at the same time'. And the same is true of honeybees.
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