The greek goddes Artemis of Ephesus
The Greek mythology knows a lot of
goddesses with the name Artemis: patroness of agriculture, of the fauna,
of hunting, of the little children, of the Vegetation, etc. .
Original Artemis of Ephesus was an
Asian Vegetation goddess. During the Greek domination of Turkey she was
given the name "Artemis". The Artemis temple of Ephesus was
one of the largest in the Greek world. The temple was also one of the
three centres of Ancient Greece, where bees had a special meaning. The
two other centres are Delphi and Crete.
I cannot show a bee in relation to Delphi. In relation to Crete
some postal bees are known. In the first place the Cretan brooch
with two queens holding the sun. You can find the brooch on the
maxicard of 27th Apimondia, Athens 1979.
In the second place a German
meter mark with the Cretan character for "bee" (looks
like the Egyptian charaters). The meter mark was missed in a
German auction (Dutch thrift).
The temple of Ephesus is found oh the highest value of Cuba 1997
(7 stamps: the seven wonders of the world). The statue of Artemis is
found on Libia (Italian occupation) 1921 -10- 15 and 25 et (Yv
The original statue was made
of gold, silver, ebony and black stone. The legs and the hips were
decorated with reliefs of bees and other animals. Artemis of
Ephesus had many breasts, because she fed many creatures.
In the temple, prostitution was
practised by women, who were named 'melissai' (-bees), because of
their assiduity. They used honey as glide-remedy and as
The story tells, that ordinary
people are not allowed to use honey owing the connection with
by Jan de Crom
from "The Postal Bee" 3/1999
Group Bee Philately