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Aristaeus
(716 words)

(Αρισταιο̃ς; Aristaîos).

[German version]

[1] Greek rural deity

Rural deity linked with sheep, the discovery of olive oil and honey, hunting, healing, prophecy and the end- ing of a period of drought on Ceos (cf. Apoll. Rhod. 2,500 ff.).

In literature he is famous for the death of his bees, which occurred because he was responsible for the death of  Euridices, and he successfully searched for ways to restore the bee populations (Verg. G. 4,315-558).

A. is a complex figure who can be found in Central G…

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Schachter, Albert (Montreal) and Folkerts, Menso (Munich), “Aristaeus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 21 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e135230>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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