Early history emphasised the importance of beekeeping to the Egyptians of 4000 BC.
It provided honey as their main source of sweetness; bee's wax for their candles
and both of them for cosmetics. The Greeks called their honey from Mount Hymettus
the Food of the Gods.
The illustration is of a rock painting c. 500 BC showing honey being collected from
the single large comb of an Apis dorsata nest, at Singanpur, India.