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1. Introduction

Insects were a regular topic of works of natural history, theology, and literature, and sometimes visual art, from antiquity on. Two distinct modes of perception and interpretation are discernible, and these remained practically unaltered across the millennia.

On the one hand, bees were the epitome of insects useful to humankind (cf. also Dimorphism). Their proverbial diligence was particularly associated with the Church Father Ambrose of Milan in medieval and early modern iconograph…

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Rohr, Christian, “Insects”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021456>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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