Bee Of Ephesus Ancient Greek Coin Necklace

A queenly ancient coin showcases a bee on the obverse and the remains of a deer motif on the reverse, all surrounded by granulation. This coin is handcrafted in bronze and strung on a 2mm Rolo chain and is an adjustable length of 18 or 20 inches, which is perfect for layering with other favorite pieces.


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A Bee Musing Story-
The ancient city of Ephesus was known in its time for the great Temple of Artemis, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Artemis was the patron goddess of the city of Ephesus, just as Athena was significant to Athens. Animals were often used to identify cities on Ancient Greek coinage. Ephesus used both the bee and the deer. The deer was sacred to Artemis, as she was known as the goddess of the hunt and was often depicted as being accompanied by stags or dogs. The bee seems to have many associations with Ephesus, but perhaps one of the best was told by Philostratus. According to the ancient Roman writer, the Athenians who came to colonize Ionia, where Ephesus is located, were led by the Muses, who took the shape of bees.


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