restricted access Virgil’s Bees
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50 Virgil’s Bees Virgil made up almost all of what he wrote about the bees: how the queen is a king in fact, how moisture in the softened bones of a slaughtered heifer spawns a new hive intheseasonwhenthezephyrsfirstrufflethewaves. If we’re always wrong about something in the age in which we live, then how is something we believe today about ourselves any less foolish than what Virgil believed about the bees? And why do we need to believe them still— those Latin lines—when we know they are not true? deNiord text-2.indd 50 11/10/10 10:40 AM ...


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