"Anacreon, though his mouth is supposed to have been a beehive"

The Poet Anacreon with his Muses
Public DomainThe Poet Anacreon with his Muses - Credit: Norbert Schroedl, 1890
Anacreon was a Greek lyric poet notable for his drinking songs and hymns. Later Greeks included him in the canonical list of nine lyric poets.  His poetry was composed to be sung or recited to the accompaniment of music, usually the lyre.  It touched on universal themes of love, infatuation, disappointment, revelry, parties, festivals, and the observations of everyday people and life.

In ancient writings, bees symbolized eloquence , speech, and intelligence.  Bees are said to have settled on the mouth of the child, Plato, ‘announcing the sweetness of his enchanting soul’ (Pliny) and also settled also on the lips of Saint Ambrose, the patron-saint of beekeepers.