Bees have been cultivated for a very long time, and the subject of formal study for nearly as long. By training, a specialist in Latin and Greek poetry, I have become fascinated by the references to bees in ancient poetry, as metaphors for industry and productivity. Yet, bees are omnipresent in classical works - including philosophy, agricultural treatises and archaeological material, areas that are completely alien to me. Thus, in order to really understand honeybees in the ancient world, I propose to educate myself through further exploration of apiculture in antiquity in two ways. First, I simply need to read more about bees in the ancient world, in the texts and contexts that are currently unfamiliar to me. Second, I do not believe I can truly understand bees and bee keeping until I have tried my hand at maintaining my own hive. By the end of the summer I anticipate that I will have a firmer sense of whether my current fascination with bees has the potential for a long-term project.